The Top 7 Animals with the Shortest Gestation Periods

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Opossum (Virginia Opossum): The shortest gestation period at just 12-14 days, leading to the birth of extremely undeveloped offspring.

Mouse: Tiny rodents with a gestation period of about 19-21 days, quickly giving birth to litters of numerous pups.

Hamster: These small pets have a gestation period ranging from 16 to 22 days, depending on the species, with the Syrian hamster on the shorter end.

Rat: Rats typically have a gestation period of 21-23 days, contributing to their ability to rapidly increase in population.

Rabbit: Domestic rabbits have a gestation period of around 28-31 days, often resulting in large litters of kits.

Guinea Pig: With a slightly longer gestation period of 59-72 days, guinea pigs give birth to well-developed pups that can run hours after birth.

Cat: Domestic cats have a gestation period of about 58-67 days, with kittens born fully furred and with their eyes closed.

Dog: Depending on the breed, dogs have a gestation period of approximately 58-68 days, with puppies born blind and deaf.

Sheep: Sheep have a gestation period of around 144-152 days, with ewes typically giving birth to one to three lambs.

Goat: Goats have a gestation period of approximately 150 days, leading to the birth of one to three kids, who are quick to stand and walk.

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