In Utero – the animals: Criticism of both parts


- Air date: 02/11/2022
- Distribution platform: National Geographic
- Episodes: 1.01 to 1.02
- script writer : David Fowler


This is a very impressive documentary in two parts of 40 minutes that National Geographic offers with it In Utero: Animals.

We follow four females belonging to different species whose pregnancies we will follow throughout their pregnancy, until they give birth.

Thus we can discover a female dog, an elephant, a lion and a meerkat flourishing in their natural environment, except the first lives with its master breeders and takes care of keeping the herd together.

This makes it possible to have a more documented approach to her pregnancy, her mistress is also a veterinarian and has tools at her disposal that allow her to see directly what is happening in the animal’s stomach, thanks especially to ultrasounds .

So, to understand how the embryo will develop, synthetic images are used. The latter is particularly amazing and really gives the impression of being thrown into the heart of the uterus by various mothers.

Throughout the successive stories, we see the little creatures grow, form more and more, until they are banished to a world they must adapt to.

The pictures are really beautiful and provide an opportunity to follow the wild animals in their natural habitat and in their daily activities. It offers a very good sequence. Although, as remembered at the end of each episode, this is also an episode of their own life. In fact, it is selected passages that allow for a smooth narrative and keep the viewer’s attention high.

The documentary is very well done and offers a variety of pregnancy options. It provides an opportunity to understand the wonders of evolution that allow mothers to go about their business until they give birth. So, the lion has an embryo sac per cub, which forms a kind of cradle that protects it when it barely runs to catch the prey.

The montage moves from one animal to another, offering the possibility of comparing the lives of each of them. However, the various stages selected occur at the same time of pregnancy which is obviously not the same length for each of the women.

In Utero: Animals is a wonderful documentary which, with the help of wonderful passages shot in the natural environment associated with computer generated images, paints a fascinating picture of the intra-uterine gestation of different species of mammals.

Fascinating and instructive.


From conception to the birth of young, live the experience of pregnancy in animals for the first time.

In Utero: Animals illuminates the incredible process of fetal development in animals with the latest special effects and real-time 4D ultrasound imaging. A dive for the first time into the stomachs of four mammals (the elephant, the meerkat, the lion and the dog) to follow their various journeys, from conception to birth. We also discovered evolutionary markers of the ancestral past of these animals by observing fetal development in utero.

The latest medical imaging techniques give us an inside look at pregnancy in four mothers from across the animal kingdom: Maya the lion, Swift the meerkat, Brumby the dog and Bisa the elephant. On this incredible journey, they will face all kinds of dangers that directly affect the fetuses in their wombs. From snakes to claws, hunger to raging rivers, no challenge can stop these successful mothers from delivering their children safely.

From the weird to the surprising, this documentary series is filmed as a sequel to the award-winning series In Utero, an award-winning documentary that meticulously follows each stage of the nine-month development of the human fetus. In Utero: The Animals takes you to four unique living environments and presents never-before-seen and remarkable images of the daily lives of these faithful mothers.

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