During a safari in Tanzania, some of the most amusing sightings are often that of animal families. From herds of elephants to pride of lions, the mothers are spotted to be the caregivers to their little ones. Let us take you through some amusing facts of the African wilderness that define this special bond.
Elephants are extremely caring about their calves. If the baby is heard complaining or crying, the entire family will gather around the calf to render love and protection. They express emotions such as compassion and grief.
The lioness takes full responsibility of nurturing the cub. She isolates herself just before giving birth and bravely fulfills the parental role until the cub is a few weeks old. Sometimes the cubs are also kept away from the dangers of the adult male lion.
Baby giraffes wait for their mothers in the same location when she has to leave for some reason. Sometimes, the mother will leave its calves in the protection of other females who form sort of a day care and look after the young ones.
The young filly (female zebra) and colt (male zebra) play running, fighting and hiding as a part of learning survival skills. The mother will keep the foal away from the dazzle of zebras until she can identify the smell and call of her child.
While spending nearly 15 hours under water, baby hippos can still suckle while submerged in water. They usually close their nostrils and ears and get nourishment even while they are not breathing under water. This feeding process goes on for a year.
The cheetah starts training its child when they are six months old. She will injure a prey and give it to the cubs to train them in the art of killing. By 8 months the cubs are skilled to chase adults such as giraffes.
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