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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

They're so cute when they're little

"An unborn elephant, tiny but perfect in every way. A dolphin swimming in the womb, just as it will have to swim in the ocean the moment it is born. An unborn dog panting. Each one amazing and now, thanks to these remarkable pictures, they can be seen for the first time."

(Click on the "Gallery" link to see images.)

Via boingboing


  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger Roger L. Sieloff said…

    Perhaps one ought to ask how this picture was taken. The implications are certainly not comfortable by any means. This is not a sonogram. This elephant is dead. Most likley some modern mummy floating in a formaldehyde universe. The photographer emulated Nielson, that Swedish doctor who took all those stunning photos of miscarages and abortions. Those fetal photos were revealing, but the subjects were either dead or very nearly so. They were celebrities though, but so were Maralyn Monroe and James Dean. Was Nielson shooting shooting stars?

  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Tammy said…

    I know it's fun to be a knee-jerk contrarian, especially on the internet, but I'd suggest reading the article itself:

    Using a combination of three-dimensional ultrasound scans, computer graphics and tiny cameras, the team were able to show the entire process from conception to birth.

    "These kind of images from inside animals have never been seen before," said Jeremy Dear of Pioneer Productions, who made the film.

    "We worked with dozens of zoos and animal sanctuaries across the world. There were a lot of different challenges - recording a dolphin is very different from an elephant, for instance.

    "Animals were trained to sit still near the scanners and we also inserted cameras into the womb via the elephant's rectum-But it has been worth it. It one sequence we follow an elephant developing. When it is finally born, there is not a dry eye in the house.

  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger Melissa said…

    I loved the pictures (and did read the article, so I wasn't horrified by any ethical implications). I find it fascinating that most other creatures are so much more capable when they're born. Then again, a 2-year gestation? No thanks!


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