From changing diapers to cleaning up vomit, human parents can have it tough, but at least they don't have to incubate their babies under their skin or liquify their own guts to feed their brood like these animal moms do!
In honor of Mother's Day in the United states, we've put together a list of moms that take parenting to another level.
Hosted by: Hank Green
Head to https://scishowfinds.com/ for hand selected artifacts of the universe!
Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow
Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters: Jerry Perez, Lazarus G, Sam Lutfi, Kevin Knupp, Nicholas Smith, D.A. Noe, alexander wadsworth, سلطان الخليفي, Piya Shedden, KatieMarie Magnone, Scott Satovsky Jr, Charles Southerland, Bader AlGhamdi, James Harshaw, Patrick D. Ashmore, Candy, Tim Curwick, charles george, Saul, Mark Terrio-Cameron, Viraansh Bhanushali. Kevin Bealer, Philippe von Bergen, Chris Peters, Justin Lentz
Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet?
Can’t forget octopi; the female stays with her brood until they hatch into fully formed miniatures, “exhaling” water over the egg sacs constantly to ensure they stay oxygenated. This comes at the cost of the mother’s life, as she will absolutely not hunt for food during this time, and because they only come together to mate, she is in her own.
I listen to your videos while working on cars and I thought you said Sicilians, not caecilians, as in the people of Sicily. I had to rewind the video and rewatch it to be sure you weren't slighting the Mediterranean people by calling them worms
In Chester zoo in the last year or so - there's a TV series about the zoo, this comes from the latest series (Nov '18) - their elephant matriarch was having the last baby she was due to ever have. She's arthritic and they didn't want to put too much strain on her body, but she _really_ loves having babies! Also they're a zoo which specialises in breeding endangered species (these are Asian eles), so when it's the right thing to do, they breed them. (The animal's health is *always* priority. In this case it was as much her mental health as physical.)
So there they were, 22 months on, mum's got a big belly... Nothing happens. Ok, it can take a month or so longer than 22 months. They kept a v close eye on her, and by 25 months she had started losing weight and scans weren't showing a baby (they knew it wasn't a phantom pregnancy from earlier scans). Apparently, when things go wrong, it's possible for an elephant to absorb much of a dead baby before delivering what's left. The keepers were devastated and waiting for the horrendous inevitable outcome.
They went to work one morning and checked in on the animals before properly starting work (animals first, tea second!) and had the biggest, best shock ever. There were four more legs among the closely gathered forest of elephants than should be there... Straight up to the CCTV, and they got to watch their precious matriarch having her final, _live_ healthy baby! After 25 months!
And I thought my youngest being 2 weeks overdue was pushing it lol!
(Btw, the mummy ele was absolutely wonderfully happy! Arthritis or not, and I have it so I know how painful it is, she was romping around the yard when they decided it was safe to let baby out. She's enjoying playing with her baby and it's blindingly obvious that this is the case. They did the right thing by her :-D)
It's things like these that makes life seem even more pointless and unethical. Just bc u can create life, doesn't mean you should. We aren't "meant" to pass on our genes. Life has no meaning. There's no meaning to suffer.
But after saying this ofc, some dumbasses are going to think I am suicidal when the truth just needs to be told.
I was sad for all the tropophobes that there was no footage of the frogs emerging from the skin of the mother Surinam Toad. However, I am more disappointed that there was no footage of the Gastric Brooding Frog projectile vomiting. We must bring them back... for science!
When it comes to nature, not many things will get to me. However, aside from certain parasites, there is one exception: the Suriname toad. People talk about spiders and snakes and all other creepy-crawlies, but no. Those are nothing. This thing is what nightmares are truly made of. I learned about this abomination of zoology long before watching this video but even so, just hearing about it... Well, it makes me incredibly uncomfortable. So, SciShow, I sincerely thank you for not showing footage of the act.
Hopefully nobody tried to buy their moms a present from the scishow store. It's nothing more than a bait-and-switch scam. They trick you with a picture of a nifty trilobite any sci-mom would be proud to show off to her friends, but after they get your money the scishow sends you a disgusting lump of rock that looks exactly like a dog turd. So disgusting you can't even give it away to kids who are fascinated with fossils. So never give scishow any money, they'll just rip you off.
I think that a crucial mother was missed from this list... No, not human moms, the Giant Pacific Octopus. I mean the mom spends weeks in a cave taking care of the eggs all by herself, doesnt eat anything, and then eventually dies from exhaustion, and then the babies, once they hatch feed on her. Isnt this also considered Matriphagy?
After having my kids it really made me think of just how awesome our bodies are to make and grow a little human. I don't think anything is more beautiful than seeing a mother (any mother) growing her baby inside her. I know I'm weird but I think it's amazing!
“Sponsored by Ms. Williard’s 6th Grade Science” - That’s so cute and an awesome teacher who gets her kids watching SciShow. I hope she’s not sponsoring it from her own funds, teachers already work so hard.
The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with Viagra protects the heart (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.