The Most Extreme Milk In The Animal Kingdom


Narrator: Imagine feeding your baby a milkshake for every meal. Well, for hooded seal
pups, that’s nothing. Their mother’s milk contains 60% fat, the fattiest milk in the world. For comparison, the
richest ice cream clocks in at only 16% fat. And after just three to five
days guzzling the stuff, seal pups double their body weight. But seals aren’t the only
animals with extreme milk. If hooded seals drink the fattiest milk, then tammar wallabies prefer
their milk loaded with sugar. It can contain as much as 12% sugar, more than a glass of
Coca-Cola, and for good reason. Joeys are born prematurely and finish developing outside the womb. And since sugars are
easier to digest than fat, their milk is easier on their
developing digestive systems. Meanwhile, the milk also contains an antibiotic more
powerful than penicillin, which protects the young joeys from germs since they’re born without a fully functioning immune system. Meanwhile, aardvark milk
doesn’t contain much sugar, but it makes up for it with
extreme levels of protein. While cow’s milk has a
measly 3 to 4% protein, aardvark milk can contain over 13%, making it among the
highest-protein milks on earth, giving calves enough nutrition to reach 30% of their adult weight in just three months. But while aardvarks have
some pretty potent milk, nine-banded armadillos make
some special stuff of their own. By the time the pups are a
month old, they’re drinking milk that contains 10 times as
much calcium as cow’s milk. All this calcium helps the pups develop those famous armor shells,
which are actually made of bone. Next up, flamingos. That’s right, flamingos. Like most birds, they feed their chicks by vomiting directly into their mouths, but that food isn’t
made of the day’s catch. Instead, it consists of a
substance called crop milk because it’s stored in the parent’s crop, and flamingos are one of only three birds that can produce this stuff. But even among our feathered friends, flamingo crop milk is
special because it’s pink. That’s because the pigments that give flamingos their
brilliant coloring leach out of their feathers and into the milk. Now, all this milk might sound like the next health-food
craze, but there’s a good reason we generally stick to plain old cattle: They’re much easier to milk.

100 thoughts on “The Most Extreme Milk In The Animal Kingdom

  1. 2:53 OOOOOOOOOOFFFFFF!!! The puns!!!

    Edit: JK, I know it’s not a pun but a “true fact”, all the other animals are pretty hard to milk.

  2. Why don’t we milk kangaroo? I know their nipples are inside the pouch but wouldn’t the extra work and complexity be worth it for the antibiotic?

  3. MoM: STOP drinking that Coca Cola it has to MUch Sugar.
    ME: BUT WAllaby MIlk has More sugar than my drink so I CAN DRINK IT.
    MoM: Thats MIlk NOT soda.
    ME: ok fine ill stop drinking it.
    MoM ~mind~ That well teach u not to be popping SMARt Combats AT me.

  4. I shall combine these and become the strongest PERSON TO EVER EXIST.
    I will have BONES OF DIAMONDS.
    LIFT CARS LIKE THEIR CHAIRS

    and have an IMMUNE SYSTEM OF GODS
    I shall BE THE TALLEST HEAVIEST PERSON EVER
    I shall BECOME… pink?

  5. When seals get fat it’s called “cute” but when I get fat it’s called a “how did you eat two full large pies of pizza in 32 minutes”

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