Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/400, f5.6, ISO 400
Views: 141 1 March 2013
A zebra mare (Equus burchelli) and her very young foal stick close together. Zebra live in family groups of 1 to 12 mares with their foals and the herd stallion. The pregnant mare will give birth in close proximity to the herd, but once having given birth will chase any other zebra away from the foal. Through close interaction, sniffing and grooming right after birth, she is intent on imprinting only her unique stripe pattern in the foals mind, as this is how they recognize each other.
Although in close proximity to her family group, the fact that the mare was keeping her foal seperate from the herd gave an indication of how young this little foal was.
Hwange National Park, South Africa