November 24, 2006 | David F. Coppedge

New Technology Visualizes Animals in the Womb

Many have seen the videos of human babies developing in the womb, but what do animals look like before birth?  Rhiannon Edward began an article in The Scotsman with some glimpses:

An unborn elephant, tiny but perfect in every way.  A dolphin swimming in the womb, just as it will have to swim in the ocean the moment it is born.  An unborn dog panting.  Each one amazing and now, thanks to these remarkable pictures, they can be seen for the first time.

3D Ultrasound technology is now allowing scientists to watch these developments.  A two-hour program will show some of the findings next year.  The BBC News has a gallery of stunning photographs.

Life does not begin at birth.  These images reveal complex behaviors and structures that show the animals engaging in activities that will be vital to their survival when the womb doors open.  For an animal to stand, see, breath, walk or swim upon entering the outside world for the first time, they must have all the hardware and software ready and operating in the womb.
    These new images and facts are welcome.  Try to imagine the reaction if the movie is shown of the cute baby elephant or dog maturing in the womb with happy background music.  Suddenly a scissors appears and is inserted into the skull!  The music turns frantic as we watch the animal’s brains being sucked out.  It quivers and dodges and jerks and dies an agonizing death, never to see the light of day.  What horror film would imagine such a thing?  Yet this is routinely done to human babies, and our Supreme Court is taking months to decide whether it should be allowed to continue or not.  How can human beings even argue about such things?

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Categories: Amazing Facts, Mammals

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