Posts tagged ‘Pouch’

How do opossums rear their young?

Opossum

Newborn opossums are reared in a pouch on the mother’s stomach, when they are old enough to leave the pouch.  The mother carries them on her back.

Opossums are furry animals that look something like an overgrown rat.  They can be found living in many parts of North America.

The way in which the opossum rears its young sets it apart from all other American animals.  Opossums are marsupials – that is, a baby opossum grows up in a pouch on its mother’s stomach, like a baby kangaroo.

Baby opossums are tiny and helpless when they are born.

Four to 18 babies may be born at one time.  Each baby is no longer than your thumbnail.

The babies at once crawl into the mother’s pouch.  The babies stay safe and snug in the pouch , feeding on the mother’s milk until they are big enough to live outside the pouch.

After they leave the pouch, the baby opossums ride around on the mother’s back until they are old enough to take care of themselves.

When fully grown, an opossum is about the size of a common house cat.  – Dick Rogers

 

What does the pelican use its pouch for?

Pelican

Pelican are large, queer-looking water birds.  A pelican is easily recognized by the big pouch that hangs from the underside of its long beak.

The pelican does not store food in this pouch, as many people believe.  It uses the pouch as a scoop to catch fish, which are then quickly swallowed.

Pelicans known as “brown pelicans” are often seen along seashores.  To catch a fish, the brown pelican dives straight down into the water with open bill into a school of fish, scoops one up in his pouch, and swallows it.

While pelicans cannot dive under the water.  They hunt their fish while swimming in shallow water, using the big pouches under their long beaks as dragnets to capture small fish.

A pelican feeds its young by passing partly digested food from its stomach back up into the pouch.

The baby pelican sticks its head into the parent’s pouch and pecks-up the food.  – Dick Rogers