I’ve taken up ChelseaannOwens‘ terrible poetry challenge again.
This time the theme is Animals and their Pregnancy! (Entries for this week close Friday 19 July, 8:00 AM some weird American time).
Bereaved dad has once again kindly double-dared me to include a word of his choosing…
… he gave me ‘Bedpost’. 🙁
I boldly went where no man should have gone – at all!
From Here Two Maternity.
If you are lying in bed postprandially wondering
what you can Google here’s an example i’ve been pondering –
The female kangaroo of Australia
has quite the most remarkable genitalia.
Although it is a mammal, whose species mostly possess a single uterus,
the kangaroo has developed a reproductive system that is really quite new to us,
in that she has evolved double our number of internal cavities
in which to incubate the future prospective progeny of her species.
In two uteri her eggs can be fertilised in parallel, growing two joeys at a time
And what is an even greater puzzle, going from the ridiculous to the sublime,
is that though she exceeds the number of egg-hatching chambers by one over us
her vaginas exceed even that by a half again of the surprising number of uterus
making a final tally, some might find a tad hard to believe,
of kangaroo uteri: two, while kangaroo vaginas are in total, three!
While to some this may cause a concern at the possibility of colliding despatches
Our kangaroo has yet another surprise in the way that her offspring hatches;
the kangaroo has the unique ability to suspend one of her two embryo ‘in situ’
While the other makes good his escape before deciding what he is to do,
to go outside and crawl up to the pouch, if i’m not mistaken?
or crawl back up inside and hope his room has not yet been taken.
While from egg to escaping the womb will take a little joey about a month or more
the young ‘roo will remain in mum’s pouch for another eight, by which time she’s sure to be sore.
Once her young joey has been thus evicted
mum’s familial duties are no less restricted
She will continue to raise him, teaching him how to fend
for himself until his sibling brings her patience to an end.
So with two uteri, a female kangaroo in her maternity
can seemingly be pregnant from here to eternity.