Saturday, April 29, 2006

Things That Make You Go 'Ewwww'

Here's an article that appeared in the science column in the 'Metro' newspaper.

If you think giving birth is painful then spare a thought for the hyena. Their birth canal narrows to about 2cm in diameter, and often rips as a cub squeezes through. The narrowing is caused by androgen - a male sex hormone - in the female's body during pregnancy, scientists have found. The mothers give their babies high levels of the hormone to make them more aggressive when fighting for food. US experts said; 'Giving birth through a penis isn't a trivial problem'.

I never thought I could feel so sorry for hyenas...

2 Comments:

At 3:03 pm, Anonymous Ho Beast said...

Wasn't it hyenas in The Lion King? They were little bastards, so maybe thats their comeupance?

 
At 9:17 pm, Blogger Mort said...

Yeah, and they have hunch-backs.

 

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