Photo - blue wildebeest calf

20Feb
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Kariega Wildebeest Foal Brendon

This image of a newly born blue wildebeest calf and its mother was taken by our Kariega Game Reserve ranger and excellent photographer Brendon Jennings.

Brendon comments "The gestation period of blue wildebeest is about 8.5 months. Female wildebeest give birth in the middle of a herd rather than alone and typically in the middle of the day, in order to give some time for the newborn to practice walking before the predators become active again after sunset (mainly lion). Calves are able to stand within seven minutes and run with the herd in less than two hours after birth. These features are vital, since the calves are vulnerable to predators"

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