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In the Womb: Animals

Each year, millions of women have ultrasounds performed during their pregnancy. This procedure is often a cautionary measure to see if there are any visible birth defects. It also provides an opportunity for soon-to-be parents to find out the sex of their child. In the animal world, ultrasounds allow researchers to study the growth of creatures both big and small. National Geographic Channel, which gave us the first In the Womb about humans, is back with In the Womb: Animals.

Using the latest in ultrasound inventions, In the Womb: Animals serves a dual purpose. First, it allows viewers to watch the month-by-month development of three animals. Three- and four-D technology is used to show each stage of growth for elephant, dog, and dolphin fetus. This extraordinary footage has never been captured on film before and shows in detail how these creatures develop.

Second, while watching these animals grow, we can get an idea about their species' evolutionary development over thousands of years. In addition, this mind-blowing footage shows how at 40 days, the dog fetus opens its mouth and pants. Twenty-three days later, it has all of the senses necessary to survive outside the womb. 

With a pregnancy that lasts 10 months, women have it relatively easy. Elephants, on the other hand, are pregnant for 22 months. In the womb, each week is crucial to the development of the fetus. At 18 weeks, it begins to exercise and strengthen its legs and trunk. At birth, the baby elephant outweighs a human baby by at least a staggering 117 kilograms. 

In the Womb: Animals follows in the footsteps of its predecessor In the Womb. Both shows deliver beautiful babies that generations present and future will cherish.

     
  1. What might be seen on In the Womb: Animals?
       
    (A)

The growth of a dolphin's fin during its time in the womb.

    (B) The destruction of natural habitats for wild dogs.
    (C) The development of the elephant population in Thailand.
    (D) The negative effects of using ultrasounds on animals.
       
  2. Which of the following isn't a given reason why ultrasounds are used on animals?
       
    (A) To learn how they've changed over the years.
    (B)

To discuss the need for animal birth control.

    (C) To watch them grow from month to month.
    (D) To look at them out of curiosity.
       
  3. In comparison to an elephant, a woman _____.
       
    (A) has a similar period of pregnancy
    (B) experiences the exact same amount of emotional turmoil
    (C)

doesn't have to endure such a long period of pregnancy

    (D) has more difficulty getting pregnant
       
  4. Who would be interested in a program of this nature?
       
    (A) Someone with a fear of animals.
    (B) Women who are interested in baby-sitting.
    (C) Doctors specializing in plastic surgery.
    (D)

People with a general interest in nature.

       
      mind-blowing   extremely impressive and surprising
           
      follow in someone's footsteps   Follow someone's example or guidance
           
      cherish   to love, protect and care for someone or something that is important to you
           
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  Answers : 1) A    2) B    3) C    4) D
 
 
 
 
 

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