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Why Are Some Animal Babies So Helpless?

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Have you ever noticed that some animal babies, like baby deer, can walk around basically right after they’re born, but other animal babies, like kittens, can’t even open their eyes? There’s a reason for that, and it comes down to two different reproductive strategies with their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Sources:
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Precocial versus Altricial Development


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