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Re: Birth

Unread postby Luren » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:15 pm

kathy sa wrote:Hi Luren....

I haven't seen an actual birth, but last week when we were in Kruger we saw an elephant that must have just been born. It was covered in a white substance (don't know the name of it ...is it Collagen?).


Its called "vernix". It is a combination of dried amniotic fluid and dried skin cells and secretions. Collagen is a proteoglycan than is part of connective tissue like cartilage and tendons.

Anyone else got any other stories!
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Re: Birth

Unread postby carolynn » Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:39 pm

Must be lovely to witness a 'wild' birth - no luck for me yet :?
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Re: Impala Babies

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:15 pm

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No guys ... Impala cannot delay their birthing date! That is a (persistent) myth! Think about it ... should the mother delay the birth for say three weeks, how big will the lamb have grown in that extra three weeks? How many females will die, because the young are too big to be born?

Impala are short day breeders with a restricted mating season in autumn. The peak of the rut varies by up to 20 days year on year, as it is influenced by the lunar cycle. This means that the date of conception varies. This has a direct bearing on the birthing date, which is 194 - 200 days later. (See Mammals of the Southern African Subregion - J.D. Skinner and C.T. Chimimba, Cambridge, 2005)
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Re: Impala Babies

Unread postby Siobain » Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:54 pm

The females can sometimes conceive a bit later in one season than another
which may give the perception that she has delayed the birth, but as
Imberbe says it isn't possible for them to hold back birthing, perhaps an
hour or 2 but no longer.
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Re: Impala Babies

Unread postby Gunner » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:10 pm

was there around the first week of December and witnessed this :thumbs_up:
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread postby iNkwazi » Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:42 am

Nature at its best - bringing new life into the world for all of us to enjoy for years to come. :dance:
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:15 pm

I have no idea if it is early .... full moon in May was 11 days earlier than last year, and this has something to do with the rutting season if I understand correctly (Imberbe?), so perhaps the impies are dropping early?
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:59 pm

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Last Friday morning on the H3 Malelane Skukuza rd north of Biyamiti river .
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread postby saraf » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:52 am

First one seen 4th November on S25.
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:25 pm

Talking about anytime now.....

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Taken last weekend. Reckon she's popped by now.
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Post those baby pics

Unread postby LEIGHVLASSO » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:46 pm

Hi All

Nothing more beautiful then the babies in the parks......especially this time of year.

So post all your baby photos to get us ooohing and aaaahing our way into summer :) :)

I have started the ball rolling and know i have plenty more where these came from too

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Re: Post those baby pics

Unread postby GlenD » Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:11 pm

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Re: Post those baby pics

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Re: Post those baby pics

Unread postby Micetta » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:22 pm

A bit grown, but still a baby :wink:
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Re: Post those baby pics

Unread postby Elsa » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:00 pm

These are 2 of our Caracal kittens we saw in Feb on the Mahonie loop this year.
for those who still haven't seen them! :tongue:

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