In the Womb: Animals
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.