Babies of all kinds

The savanna grass was tall and golden during our safari, often obscuring our view of the interactions of mothers and their babies.  Tall grass is probably conducive to keeping the youngsters hidden from potential predators, but mothers also seem to keep close watch, and touch, with their young ones.

Baby elephant seeks protection under its mother at the watering hole

Notice how this very young elephant is completely surrounded by its mother’s bulk, as they both get their evening drink on the Chobe river.

Mother elephant with two youngsters

At a watering hole in Kruger Park, a mother elephant keeps tabs on her two offspring by touching them with her tail or her trunk.  The youngsters, in turn, intermittently touch her as well.  Elephant skin must be quite sensitive because there was a lot of touch communication going on as they bathed.

Mother baboon carrying her baby

Primates often carry their babies around for some time after birth, due to their immature development. Babies seem to have no trouble hanging on, even upside down, without the aid of a sling or Becco carrier.

Baboon baby

Getting a view of its world from below…

Baboon mother and baby

A more typical pose of mother and baby sitting in a tree.

Hippo mom and baby

This hippo mom really dwarfs her week old youngster. I wonder how difficult it is to find the milk faucet on mom’s underside?

 

Hippo mom and baby

Hippo baby was a little unsteady on land, but mom was hungry so the baby followed her ashore, staying close by her side, and nosing her every so often — for security?

Sable antelope mother and kid

Sable antelope youngsters are probably quick on their feet soon after they are born, but just in case, mom sports a wicked set of spiked sabers to defend against would-be predators.

Zebra mother and young

Like the antelope. Zebra youngsters are good runners, and parents kick and bite as well. A zebra herd would stick together tightly when threatened, with the youngsters in the center of the herd.

3 thoughts on “Babies of all kinds

  1. Beautiful shots of the babies (and the parents too). It’s great that you were able to see so many young ones, Sue. In fact, your photos show that you observed an incredible range of species during your travels.

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