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How do baby Wildebeest survive?

on May 11, 2013

Previously we’re learned about how baby hippopotamus managed to survive in the wild. Today we’re going to talk about another famous African animal, the wildebeest!

 

Wildebeest Calves

There are two species of wildebeest, the Blue Wildebeest, also known as Brindled Gnu (Connochaetes taurinus) and the Black Wildebeest, also known as White-tailed Gnu (Connochaetes gnou), both of which are antelope species members of the Bovidae family, quite often seen in the wild with their feeding buddies, the zebras; however, unlike them, wildebeests’ only defence strategy is being in a herd. The bigger the social group the easier it will be to spot a predator and survive; therefore the number one newborn wildebeest strategy for survival is to do whatever they can to stay in the herd no matter what.

For that exact purpose, wildebeest calves are able to stand up and run with the rest of the group within 7 minutes of being born. To give you something to compare it with, cow calves will take up to an hour just to stand up after birth.

If a predator has a choice between a newborn that is still unable to move or get protection from the group and a newborn that is already trying to get away within minutes of birth, it is easy to comprehend that the survival rate of the latter is much higher. It is a very simple but effective survival strategy.

 

Baby Blue Wildebeest running with mother (Connochaetes taurinus)

Blue Wildebeest calf runs with the group.
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Newborn Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) baby stands up for the first time.

Newborn Blue Wildebeest stands up for the first time.
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Hope you liked learning about the amazing world of baby wildebeests.
Do you want to find out how a baby elephant and other animals survive?
Check out our “Series” page for the list of “Baby Animals: How do they survive?

 

Até à próxima!
~Sofia.

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