TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Adult Springbuck (Antidorcas marsupialis) cleaning its newborn fawn, which is also called a lamb. A single young springbuck is born after a 6 month gestation period and although it can run shortly after it is born, adults often conceal their lambs in long grass, when predators are in the vicinity. It is therefore important that they do not have a strong scent, which can attract predators. Females and their lambs often form a nursery herd, which moves behind the larger herd. In so doing it benefits from the early warning of the more alert adults without caretaking responsibilities and distractions. This gazelle-like antelope inhabits the open dry plains of southern Africa, feeding on grass, leaves and shoots. Filmed in the Auob riverbed of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, southern Africa.
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