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Copyright: Farid Radjouh (ridfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Compact Flash Card
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 4, Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-18 1:15
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Contrairement aux apparences, ce n'est pas la mère qui assiste les premiers instants de ce gnou. Il s'agit d'une autre femelle du troupeau, accompagnée de son petit, né il y a peu de jours. Cette scène me questionne toujours. Pourquoi la maman de ce jeune gnou, qui vient tout juste de mettre bat, s'est éloignée en laissant à une autre le soin d'aider son petit ? Mystère......

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To Janice: answer.ridfa 2 03-18 04:29
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Ah, that is so cute! Such a new baby, thanks for sharing.

Hi Farid, this is so sweet, a baby Wildebeest
Please, can you tell us anything about it? Not many of of us have had the wonderful experience like you, to go see these animals in the wild, and I know I like reading the notes about these animals.

And looking closely I see she has had another calf as well. Can you tell us the story of what you saw here?


Farid pointed out to me that there are notes in French, so here is a translation of them, thanks to BabelFish:

Contrary to appearances, it is not the mother who assists the first moments of this gnou. It acts of another female of the herd, accompanied by its small, born few days ago. This scene always questions me. Why the mom of this young person gnou, who has just put beats, moved away while leaving to the another care to help her small? Mystery......

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-18 8:11]

Hi Farid,

You caught a great moment here.
Very unique.

Great capture, Farid
The mother looks confused maybe. anyhow great photo of a spicail moment. Colors, capture framing, Lokks excellent, TFS, Kyle

Hi fraid,

Great moment in the life of both animal and the photographer! This is what it requires, to be in the right place at the right time, ofcourse with right equipement.. good shot,

Beautiful shot .. I am envious .. I wanted to see them give birth as well. Wish you detailed the experience a little so we could try to imagine what it was like :)
I heard that wilderbeeste's and zebra's can hold their babies in until the rains come so that they will have a better chance at survival and also, since all babies are born at the same time, the chances of predation goes down.
Were these twins? Or were they born of seperate mothers?
Sorry - just read that Janice posted the translated the note into english and posted .. thanks Janice and Farid ..

Excellent picture capturing the strange behavior of the Gnu, and yes it would seem strange to watch the mother give birth and walk away only for another female to fill in. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-19 17:02]

A very touching scene, Farid.
It IS a mystery, as to why the mother was not the main supporter here. Great POV of that baby with his legs splayed. TFS. : )

Always special moments and great stories to be told when you are a witness. Film would be better sometimes for these purposes.
Good picture, good work!

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