I think anyone who has ever given birth would agree that the end of the third trimester is brutal, but that agony isn't solely reserved for humans. Oh no, my friends. It turns out being hugely pregnant is a huge pain in the buns for anything who doesn't lay eggs. Except maybe marsupials, smug little punks, bucking tradition and popping out parbaked mini-mes who finish cooking in a pouch with a much larger opening.
But, biology refresher aside, even the most stoic of animals let their feelings be known when it comes to just how miserable the end of pregnancy can be.
Here are 15 pregnant animals who are large, in charge, and completely over being pregnant.
The giant potbelly and wispy mustache almost distract from the dangly third nipple. Almost.
She's one baby kick to the ribs away from rolling right into greener pastures.
What's that familiar look on her face? Ah, yes. Defeat. Utter defeat.
Cantaloupe? Hot air balloon? Real life Squishmallow? All we know is without a ride on her human carriage, whatever this is isn't getting around on those itty bitty legs.
How she got here is second in importance only to knowing who's going to fill this bin back up with food ASAP.
Her face doesn't give away the fact that she's basically a sparsely haired coconut with legs from the ribs down.
Some carry high, some carry low. Some carry sideways and oh god I can't look at this anymore because it's so painful.
The face you make when every animal on the savanna asks if you're sure you aren't having twins...
Sure, she's put on some weight, but she's pleased as punch that with this pregnancy, she doesn't have flankles.
Feelin' cute. Might rocket a baby out into your yard later... or now...idk.
"Donny, you look great! You've got to tell us how you got your pouch back to your pre-pregnancy size so quickly!"
Even the comforting grind of cud couldn't distract poor Bessie from the fact that her nips were mere inches from the ground, and her due date was still weeks away.
Do it. Touch my belly again. See what happens. I dare you.
Sure, water distorts images but it's hard to imagine how seeing this on dry land would make it any better.
It's been a while since the ACOG updated their sleep guidelines for pregnant women, but it will be interesting to see if they include the ever-popular perched on a cliff, dangling over a log, face down with muddy paws position as something they're recommending this year.
Which one of these delightfully round (and probably miserable) creatures do you identify with most?
Let us know in the comments below!
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