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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting a view of its world from below…
A more typical pose of mother and baby sitting in a tree.
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 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 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.
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.