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Magic moments - The birth of a wildebeest calf

25 Feb 2016 by Ndutu Safari Lodge

Out on the plains, the wildebeest calving is in full swing. When the moment arrives it happens quickly, the mother looking mildly surprised at the wet bundle which has suddenly appeared.

Within minutes the baby is standing on wobbly pins, searching for the first feed of nourishing colostrum to gain strength to be able to keep up with it's mother. These magic moments were captured by Hamisi Masawe.

(Warning: images not for sensitive viewers)

The birth of a wildebeest calf
The birth of a wildebeest calf - Image by Hamisi Masawe
A wildebeest calf being born in Ndutu
A wildebeest calf being born in Ndutu - Image by Hamisi Masawe
The newborn calf  touches ground for the first time
The newborn calf touches ground for the first time - Image by Hamisi Masawe
The newborn wildebeest  takes in it's surroundings
The newborn wildebeest takes in it's surroundings - Image by Hamisi Masawe
The newborn calf and it's mother make eye contact
The newborn calf and it's mother make eye contact - Image by Hamisi Masawe
Mom gets close to her newborn calf
Mom gets close to her newborn calf - Image by Hamisi Masawe
The newborn calf gets ready to feed
The newborn calf gets ready to feed - Image by Hamisi Masawe