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Young blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), or brindled gnu, running. This antelope inhabits the plains and woodlands of south-eastern and eastern Africa, grazing on fresh grass. One calf is born after a gestation of 8 to 8.5 months. The calf is able to stand after only six minutes and able to run and keep up with the herd after a matter of hours. At eight months old the calf will leave its mother to join a peer group. This antelope is a social animal, living in herds numbering several thousand. Photographed in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.
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