Tomorrow is the first day of spring, at long last! It’s already started to warm up a bit where I live, but I’ve still been counting down the days until the official start of the season! To celebrate, we’re going to share some adorable facts about some baby animals who you just can’t help associating with springtime!
Mother rabbits only need to feed with kits once a day. Their milk is so rich and nourishing that the baby bunnies are full for 24 hours after drinking. To keep them safe, rabbit kits burrow to the bottom of the nest that their mother built for them and only get alerted to come out at mealtime.
Baby chicks are naturally curious about everything in their environment because they want to know if it’s good to eat. Chicks peck at nearly everything after hatching and learn through trial and error what types of things are good to eat and which aren’t.
Kittens learn how to meow before they can see and hear, in order to talk to their mother. Also, within the first day or two of life, kittens are capable of purring.
Okay, this one is more funny than cute, but I just had to share it. Tadpoles are baby frogs, right? Well, what are baby toads called? Tadpoles, also? Nope, baby toads are named toadpoles. It sounds like a pun but it’s just a scientific fact.
Robins are nearly the opposite of rabbits when it comes to feeding their young. Both parents are involved in caring for the chicks, and that’s a good thing, too. Chicks need to eat as many as 100 times a day for one to three weeks after hatching.
Adult dogs have the trait of contagious yawning, just like humans. Puppies don’t, though. They only begin to exhibit contagious yawning behavior after seven months of age. This is similar to human children, who don’t yawn when those around them do until they’re older. This is because contagious yawning is a learned social skill and a sign of empathy, so puppies are still learning how to socialize with humans when they’re little.
If a doe has twin fawns, she will hide them in two separate locations to keep them safe. After a month, however, the twins will be reunited and stick close to one another.
Ducklings are extremely playful and like to splash around in the water together. Wild ducks are given a coat of waterproof oil by their mother, so they can play together in puddles and shallow water. They also enjoy foraging and looking for bugs.
Let us know in the comments what your favorite season is!
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