I’m usually so predictable.You’ve come to expect certain things of me. I eat MoonPies, I…wait. What else do I do? Oh, yeah. I post pictures and stories of baby reptiles. Now I’m shaking things up. This morning, I ate a cupcake for breakfast, and now I bring you photos of baby mammals! It’s a mixed up, crazy world.
A friend of mine raises and shows English cocker spaniels. Last week, her lovely girl had a litter of much-anticipated puppies. Since my friend works full-time, I’m the puppy sitter! Long before I ever grew scales and a shell, I was a dog girl.
The mom’s name is Lily. Doesn’t she have the most wonderful face?
The differences between baby reptiles and baby mammals are vast. Newborn mammals are helpless and completely dependent on their moms. Newborn puppies can’t even hear yet!
If you watched Friday’s video, you’ve seen a tiny bog turtle, only a month older than these puppies, hunt down a cricket. Reptiles come into the world prepared to get the job done. Mammals don’t. They have to learn how to be the animals they are, and one of the ways they practice their mad mammalian skills is through play. Reptiles don’t play.
Right now, the puppies don’t play, either. They do a lot of this:
But very soon, they will wake up and play. I can’t wait!