Humans use many survival mechanisms to make sure that their babies make it to the adulthood, but sometimes Mother Nature gives animals almost impossible trials. Certain species start off in this life with nothing but a survival instinct, and yet somehow they still live long enough and manage to reproduce, which basically means that particular scheme works! And, as an added bonus to their dreadful childhood, at least they all look cute as hell.
The trick to surviving as a baby seahorse is… random luck. Less than 0.5% of all the baby seahorses live long enough to get a driver’s license… and reproduce. Literally everything but their sheer numbers is trying to kill them. They can’t swim well, constantly need to eat, and fall prey to everything from crabs to just about any other fish swimming by.
Let me paint you a picture here… It’s a hot day in African savanna. Mommy giraffe is giving birth standing up, so she could run away in case some predators smelled her brood. And they have. The baby giraffe thumps on the dry land, and, if it’s unable to stand and run, like, right now, it’s going to become a dinner. But that’s not all. Mommy giraffe usually kicks the crap out of her newborn calf to, you know, show it how it’s done on this side of mommy’s tummy. Good luck surviving that!
Imagine you wake up inside an egg, somehow manage to crack it, and then realize you’re freaking buried alive! That’s basically the fist few minutes of baby croc’s life. Of course the mom comes in and helps her babies out, but it’s still a hell of a start. The fact that the tiny crocs have to learn how to swim and hunt in just a few hours. They’re called nature’s killing machines for a reason, you know!