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 Post subject: Re: Birth
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:15 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Birth
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Must be lovely to witness a 'wild' birth - no luck for me yet :?

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 Post subject: Re: Impala Babies
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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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 Post subject: Re: Impala Babies
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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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 Post subject: Re: Impala Babies
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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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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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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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 Post subject: Re: New borns in Kruger
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 Post subject: Post those baby pics
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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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 Post subject: Re: Post those baby pics
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A bit grown, but still a baby :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: Post those baby pics
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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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