Mar 3, 2024, 04:54 PM IST

8 animals that die after giving birth

Mahipal Chouhan

Octopus: Female octopuses are known to guard and care for their eggs until they hatch, after which they often die. This is because they stop eating during the brooding period, and their body undergoes significant physiological changes leading to their demise.

Salmon: Salmon are known for their incredible spawning migrations. After laying their eggs, they often die due to the physical toll of the journey and the spawning process.

Praying Mantises: In some cases, female praying mantises may cannibalize the males after mating, and the males die as a result.

Black Widows: Female black widow spiders are known for their cannibalistic tendencies. In some cases, they may consume the male after mating, which often leads to his death.

Woolly Spider Monkeys: Female woolly spider monkeys may have high mortality rates during childbirth, with complications and predation being contributing factors.

Cuttlefish: Similar to other cephalopods, cuttlefish may experience senescence and death shortly after mating and laying eggs.

Aphids: Aphids are tiny insects that reproduce parthenogenetically (without males) in many cases. After giving birth to live offspring, the mother aphids often die.

Redback Spiders: Female redback spiders may sometimes die shortly after producing egg sacs. The effort of producing and guarding the eggs, combined with potential predation, can lead to their demise.

This information is not DNA's opinion but obtained from media reports