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The Most Extreme Animal Babies In Nature

Crocodile Hatchlings

From the moment these tiny crocodile hatchlings make their way into the world, they must develop some serious survival and hunting skills. Crocodile hatchlings are vulnerable to predators, and only a small percentage of them survive to adulthood, making those who do survive the toughest of them all. Only about one percent of hatchlings survive into adulthood (Animals Mom).

The Most Extreme Animal Babies In Nature

Wood Ducklings

Talk about a leap of faith! One day after these ducklings are born, they must leap from their nest, which is usually around 65 feet above ground. One by one, each duckling will leap. Luckily, they’re so light that the fall won’t harm them, but it doesn’t mean all of them will survive. They then make their way towards water as their mother calls to them (NWF).

The Most Extreme Animal Babies In Nature

Komodo Dragon Hatchlings

Right from the moment they’re born, Komodo Dragon Hatchlings face danger from the outside world. And it doesn’t only come in the form of predators, but from their kind. Komodo dragons are prone to cannibalism. Luckily, these babies are born equipped with sharp teeth and a tough disposition which helps their survival rate. They’re born brightly colored, with yellow and orange stripes to help them with camouflage. The babies also spend the majority of their time living in trees, which is something they can’t do when they’re adults since they’re too heavy (World Wildlife).

The Most Extreme Animal Babies In Nature

Tasmanian Devil Joeys

Born the size of a grain, these babies must crawl into their mother’s pouch to continue growing. They later face competition for limited resources and are known for their aggressive nature. When they’re younger, they can climb trees and are much more agile than their adult counterparts (Australia).

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Honey Badger Kit

Fearless and aggressive, the honey badger kits will defend themselves fiercely against predators. These babies take it to extreme levels and often take on animals much larger than themselves. They also have a secret weapon located near their anal glands, which secretes a foul-smelling liquid they release when they feel threatened or frightened. The kits will take on animals like the South African oryx, and the horned antelope, animals that are nearly ten times their size (Live Science).

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Harp Seal Pups

These pups tend to compete for their mother’s milk and attention. To do this, they’ll vocalize and push each other out of the way to establish dominance within the group. But the saddest part about these pups’ existence is that the harp seal mother abandons its pup after just 12 days. Because the mother does not eat during that time, it must go and search for food and leave the pup to fend and survive all by itself. They abandoned the pup on ice, and after about 8 weeks, if it survives, it’s then old enough to get into the water to swim and look for food (Mental Floss).

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The cuckoo mother has some sketchy, extremely harsh tactics for raising her young, who are just as tactful as she is. She tricks other mothers into raising her own young by birthing her eggs in another mother bird’s nest. This is so she can enjoy her life as a single mother bird. But the cuckoo chick hatches earlier and grows faster than all the other birds already in the nest, forcing them out of the nest to die (SN Explores).

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Pangolin Pups

Sometimes referred to as “pangopups”, baby pangolins ride on their mother’s tail as she forages for ants and termites. They do this while their scales are still soft and developing. They keep their pups hidden in underground burrows, while the scales harden enough for successful protection. Because the pups are defenseless against predators, their mother has to do a good job of keeping them hidden. While they’re on the mother’s back, the mother can roll up into a protective ball at a moment’s notice when it senses danger (Pangolin Crisis Fund).

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Killdeer Chicks

You’ll know a killdeer sees you before you see them when you hear a high-pitched, shrilly, ear-piercing call. Killdeer chicks are precocial. They hatch on gravel nests near water bodies and must be able to walk and find food immediately to avoid predators. To protect their flightless chicks, the mother will sometimes perform a distraction tactic called “broken wing.” They’ll hobble away from their nest, and as the predator draws near, they’ll keep getting further and further away to distract them. When it gets close enough, the bird will fly away (Robert Groos Photography).

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Arctic Tern Chicks

Arctic tern chicks are born in the cold temperatures of the Arctic. They then must embark on one of the longest migrations in the animal kingdom, flying from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back. They’ll cover around 25,000 miles. Oftentimes, they’ll rest on the ice before getting up and flying again. These birds can live for several decades, and most of the time, they stay out to sea during their long, yearly migration (All About Birds).

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Snow Monkey Infants

Winter in Japan is no joke. With freezing temperatures, the wild animals had to learn how to survive. Snow monkey infants, also known as Japanese macaques, have adapted to survive the harsh winter conditions of Japan. This is where they soak in hot springs to survive the cold. They spend most of their time together and are very family-oriented, especially the mothers. The females are pregnant throughout the wintery months, and use the hot springs as a way to keep warm and reduce their stress levels. The babies are born in spring, so by the time winter rolls around, they’re already old enough to adapt to the freezing months (Snow Monkey Resorts).

The Most Extreme Animal Babies In Nature

Cheetah Cubs

The mother is the key to the cheetah cub’s survival in the African savanna. Cheetah cubs face high mortality rates due to predation and competition with other large predators in the African savanna. They’re the most vulnerable during the first two months of their life. The mother must protect them from an extremely harsh environment where lions, leopards, and hyenas are their biggest enemies. If they do survive these harsh environments, they’ll emerge from their den with raised hair on their back to disguise them as aggressive honey badgers. To keep them protected from predators, the mother will continue moving them from den to den, until their eyesight improves and they’ve learned how to hunt from their mother (Cheetah).