One of the great things of visiting Pilanesberg at this time of the year is that there is an abundance of baby animals, like this young impala lying in the grass. I’m sure the big cats are enjoying it too, though…
Poor baby elephant
Life can be so cruel… This little elephant had been left alone by his family in Pilanesberg, and was wandering alone for a while, visibly getting weaker. This photo was taken this morning at Lengau Dam. When we drove past a second time, it was lying in the bush.
Later today a vet examined the poor little fellow, and discovered that he had a big lump in his throat. It was to deep for the vet to reach, and it obviously prevented the elephant from eating. The decision was taken to put him down. In the autopsy it was discovered that he had a big tree root stuck in his throat – a freak accident, one could say.
What a sad day!
Such a cute baby elephant walking right at us!
Photo taken a couple of years ago in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
A small baby elephant drinks together with his family at a waterhole in Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. Together, the family will protect the youngest elephants by standing around them so that no harm can befall them. Around this baby you can see the feet and trunks of his family members.
The elephant’s teeth
A small baby elephant crosses the road, chewing on a stick. Maybe his teeth are coming through? Actually, elephants are born with four small molars, which they will lose when they are about two years old. Unlike humans, who have milk teeth first and then change to their final set of teeth, elephants change their teeth troughout live. A long-living elephant goes through six sets of molars that replace the teeth that become worn out by chewing grasses and trees. The loss of their final set of teeth is a major cause of death among aged elephants.
Huey, Dewey, and Louie
Three small Natal spurfowl chicks. So fluffy and adorable!
At mother’s side
A baby zebra seeking the safety and comfort of her mother’s side. I love the stripes on stripes!
Such a cute little baby zebra!
I was surprised to see so many baby animals in Pilanesberg last week, since winter is coming soon. But I guess that for now there is enough food to be had from the long grass.