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Like horses, zebras are able to stand, walk, run from danger, and suckle shortly after they are born. At the moment of birth, a mother zebra keeps any other zebra away from her foal, including the stallion, the other mares, and even the previous offspring. Later, though, they all bond. Within the group, a foal has the same rank as its mother. Plains zebra foals are protected by their mother as well as the head stallion and the other mares in their group. Even with parental protection, up to 50% of zebra foals are taken by predation, disease, and starvation each year.
Plains Zebra – Chapman’s Race (Equus antiquorum), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 200 mm, 1/1500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 320
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