Shortest weaning period for a mammal
Last updated: October 13, 2017 at 14:49 pm
4 days – The hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) is found in the central and western North Atlantic, with three of its major breeding areas located in Canada. Hooded seals whelp (give birth) in late March and early April and molt from June to August.
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