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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Yorkie » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:04 pm

Saw these 3 cuties during our trip in February. It was about 2km from Satara, 5 min before gate closing time. There was a huge traffic jam, and everybody just took a couple of pics. There was no adults visible though... :?

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:43 pm

Oh, they are just too cute! :clap:
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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Sat May 09, 2009 2:48 pm

I promised some Kruger babies and here they are.

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Re: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by big5spotter » Tue May 19, 2009 7:15 pm

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Birth

Unread post by Luren » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:08 pm

Greeting fellow forumites!
I dont know if this topic has been discussed before- I havent seen it.

We all talk about the kills that we just missed, saw with bated breath, or even the carcass in the tree and hoping for the predator to return.
Maybe its due to many of us being true wilderness fanatics to want to see it, or even just to see wildlife interact.

But has anyone seen an actual birth in Kruger??
we have seen very young cubs etc but has anyone been lucky to the birthing process? Now I know it would be remote to see a predator as they are usually well hidden in a culvet or the like, but anything?

In October 2007 near Croc Bridge we saw an impala in labour!
The amniotic sac which hadnt burst was being delivered. She appeared in a bit of discomfort but walked on. She unfortunately walking into the bushes and we didnt get to see a new life entering the wilds!

Has anyone had better luck?
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Re: Birth

Unread post by WildThing » Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:41 pm

Hi Luren,
About 25 years ago on the S100 we saw cars stopped at some giraffe and were told that the one giraffe had just given birth. On the ground we could see this "blob", which the mother was protecting. We spent about 4-5 hours there (even going back to Satara to get drinks, etc), and were convinced that the baby was dead. Eventually the baby started moving, and after many attempts to try and stand up, he finally got up on his feet. It was an amazing sight to witness.

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Re: Birth

Unread post by 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.

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Re: Birth

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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: New borns in Kruger

Unread post by 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 post by 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 post by 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 post by 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

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