"First Steps"
The female "Tommy" isolates herself in an area with ground cover to give birth. The fawns, which are nearly odorless, hide for 2 weeks. The next 8 weeks is spent in feeding and in social interaction. They are weaned within 3-6 months. The fawn is perpetually vulnerable to jackals and baboons. We saw this fawn take its first steps and then had to sit breathlessly by while a Spotted Hyena meandered through the herd looking for prey. Another fawn moved and the hyena was on it in a split second.
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