Do animals have umbilical cords?

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All animals that are viviparous (give birth to live young instead of laying eggs) have umbilical cords.

Since mammals are gestated inside their mothers, all baby mammals are born with umbilical cords. When a baby emerges, the mother chews off the cord with her teeth, leaving a flat scar. These are often harder to see than on humans and obscured by hair. You might not think your pet has a belly button, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find it. Gorillas and chimpanzees have belly buttons similar to humans in shape, but they don’t go in or out.

There are always exceptions. Marsupials and platypuses do not have belly buttons. Baby marsupials’ umbilical cords usually fall off while in their mother’s pouch, so a scar never forms. Platypuses lay eggs, so there is no umbilical cord or belly button.

Some species of shark are viviparous and have an umbilical cord attached to their placenta.

shark belly button
A shark belly button. H/T sharks4kids.com

I don’t know of any fish that have umbilical cords. If they do exist, they would have to be viviparous and not egg-laying.

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