A video showing a newborn girl trying to walk just 20 minutes after coming into the world has become an internet sensation. The footage, shot at a Brazilian hospital features a midwife trying to bathe a relentless infant who cannot stop wriggling her feet in an attempt to walk. In just a couple of days, the video was seen over 85 million times, gathering over 160,000 comments, and 379,000 likes.
Gathering Fans at an Early Age
In the video shared by Arlete Arantes on her Facebook account, the woman is shown holding a newborn baby, preparing her for a bath. However, this is not your usual post-birth session as the newborn girl was decided to leave the hospital on her own two feet.
Even though the midwife tries to put the child down, she refuses to wield, kicking her feet, and continuing her driven stroll. Finally, the little warrior caves in and reluctantly receives her bath, not knowing that, in a matter of hours, she would become an internet sensation.
It’s a Normal Reflex
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center stated that the little girl’s reflex is normal. After spending their entire existence floating around in amniotic fluid, having to kick their mother’s belly whenever they felt like stretching, newborns tend to start “walking” or “dancing” when their limbs come into contact with a solid surface.
According to Dr. Kenneth Wible, attending at the Children Mercy Hospital in Kansas, this primitive urge to walk is nothing more than residual instinct. Even though it will take the infant about a year to start walking on their own, the brain is already prepared for the task.
Human babies are among the slowest to walk in the animal kingdom. While it takes us about a year to complete our first steps, baby horses are up and running after a merely an hour upon coming into the world. For giraffes, the time is even shorter, a baby giraffe standing on his own feet in 30 minutes.
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