Doctor Oz did a segment with Julie Scardina on baby animals. Since Dr Oz was going to talk about animal offspring, he brought along his son Oliver (who is such a cute boy!). What was your favorite baby animal: the marsupial, anteater, bear or alligator? Mine had to be the baby bear… how adorable was that!!!
Julie Scardina & Baby Animals
Baby Marsupial or Kangaroo
The Baby Marsupial on Dr Oz’s show was 6 months old and hops in and out of his mother’s pouch. I was hoping he would hop into his mother’s pouch during the show, but he did not. When a marsupial is born, it is the size of a jelly bean. The baby crawls up and into the mother’s pouch when it is the size of a jelly bean and the mom can then get pregnant again. In fact, the mother marsupial can have different milk consistency coming out of different nipples since she can have babies of all different ages.
Baby Anteater or Tamandua
The Baby Anteater on Dr Oz’s show was a Tamandua that was 3.5 months old. Anteaters can eat 9,000 ants a day and have a tongue that is 16 inches long. The mother anteater does not stay with the father after she becomes pregnant – an independent female!
The Baby Bear, my favorite, was only 3 months old. Bears mate in May or June, but the embryo stays in a delayed state for 6 months until the female bear has enough fat and is healthy enough for the embryo to implant.
Alligators have one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, and at just 8 months old the Baby Alligators on Dr Oz were so small. When alligators grow up, they can reach 13 or 14 feet. Baby alligators hatch from eggs, but they can send alarm calls to adults from within the shell. The adult alligator moves the egg to the water when it is time to start hatching. Alligators become a male or female depending on the temperature of the water that the nest is in. I wonder if this means that an alligator will have a group of baby alligators that are the same gender each time.