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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Growth (Animals)  >  Baby animals
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Perfect timing hatches pig-nosed turtles

Pig-nosed turtles have a clever 'waiting' strategy that means their life begins when environmental conditions are suitable. Baby pig-nosed turtles hatch from eggs after heavy rains flood their nest and the river is full of water and food. This means the turtles have their best chance to survive, grow to adults and continue ...

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Ants helping stick insects?

Some animals depend on other animal species to survive and reproduce. Watch this clip to discover that ants, which mistake stick insect eggs for a seed to eat, actually help to protect stick insect eggs before they hatch into new babies. Find out how this relationship and some adaptations affect the life cycle of stick insects.

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A baby seal begins its life

From the moment a Weddell seal is born, it must contend with the harsh conditions of life in Antarctica. Watch this clip showing the birth of a Weddell seal and its early days, as it takes its first swim and prepares for winter. Discover some of the adaptations that enable these mammals of the sea to live in such an extreme ...

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Albatross: giant bird of the sea

Albatrosses are large sea birds that spend much of their life over the sea, returning to land to breed. Watch this clip narrated by David Attenborough to see the nesting and mating behaviour of two albatross species. See these magnificent birds feed their young and take part in courtship dances on a remote, subantarctic island.


Camouflaged pheasant coucal chicks, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of three chicks in their nest, titled 'Three hairy chicks of the Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) lying in a nest amongst long grass, 1968'. The tiny chicks are camouflaged by the surrounding leaves and vegetation that have been used to build the nest.


Dairy student, Colombo Plan, 1968

This is a black-and-white photograph of two men at a mechanised feeding trough with three calves. The image is titled, 'Mohammed Daub bin K Otham (Malaysian Colombo Plan student) learns to handle modern calf-feeding equipment under direction of Mr Neville Hanke'. The student looks on as Mr Hanke manoeuvres a calf into position ...


Female Godeffroy's wolf spider with spiderlings

This is a colour photograph of a female Godeffroy's or garden wolf spider ('Lycosa godeffroyi') carrying spiderlings on its back and feeding on a cockroach. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Arachnida, Order: Araneida, Family: Lycosidae.)


Female Godeffroy's wolf spider with egg sac

This is a colour photograph of a female Godeffroy's or garden wolf spider ('Lycosa godeffroyi') carrying an egg sac. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Arachnida, Order: Araneida, Family: Lycosidae.)


Hutton's rail - asset 2

This is a mounted specimen of a downy Hutton's rail chick (Chatham rail, matirakahu, 'Cabalus modestus'). It was collected by Henry Travers from the remote Mangare Island, in the Chatham group, 800 km east of New Zealand, and delivered to F W Hutton at the Colonial Museum in Wellington in 1871. It measures 8.0 cm x 13.0 ...


Numbats, 1996: Baby numbats

This clip shows Dr Tony Friend, principal research scientist at Western Australia's Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) at Dryandra Woodland, WA. He is shown with a numbat that he has fitted with a radio collar as a way of monitoring the population. Footage of numbats is followed by Dr Friend examining ...


Echidna the Survivor, 1995: Echidna birth

This clip shows a recently hatched infant echidna, which is called a puggle, in its mother's pouch. The tiny and hairless puggle is shown pulling itself up through the pouch to find its mother's milk. The clip cuts to a shot of the mother with her pouch being held open. The mother is then released into grassland. This clip ...


The Last Husky, 1993: Emperor penguin rookery

This clip shows a sled team with huskies setting out for an emperor penguin rookery. Two scientists are shown observing the rookery from a distance and then crawling along the snow to observe the adult birds with their chicks at close range. The intimate interaction of chicks and adult birds in the rookery, including an ...