Magnolia: centaur babies definitely suckle from the human nipples, ps
M: Duh! I laughed and reblogged because of the snarkback.
M: Actually, I half wondered if maybe centaur babies had to feed at both.
Magnolia: Hrm. Well Now that I think about it… Horse placentation is different from human placentation, and the baby would definitely be in a horse uterus. And a foal needs colostrum to be healthy. Humans don’t. So. IF a centaur HAS horse nipples, the first 24 hours would probably need to be from the horse mammary gland. After that, probably either would work, but for logistical purpose, I’d assume the humans.
Magnolia: Comparative placentation is actually pretty cool. Horses have three more layers between baby and mom’s blood than humans do. The human baby gets direct access to the mother’s blood, including antibodies and etc. A horse does not, and has to eat colostrum within 12-24 hours of birth in order to get those antibodies. Of course, centaurs probably don’t even need antibodies. They’re probably magically immune.
Magnolia: I CAN KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS WHILE YOU PEOPLE DO THIS WORK THING YOU’RE DOING
Magnolia: *rewrites Misty of Chincoteague, but with centaurs*
*draws “Anatomy of the Centaur” book*
And then there’s the whole thing about how their digestive system is completely different from ours.
M: *laughing so hard* I looked away like 12 minutes? And you invented a new genre
#centaur #overthinking is so much fun