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New Life, New Hope

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New Life, New Hope

.We knew it was spring when the baby impalas appeared in their “nursery” herd, quite a few of them, looking small and lanky with big curious ears that listened with each step they took. We’ve watched the beautiful black masked weavers over on Elephant Plains build their nests in the branches of the tree that hangs over the water. They take long blades of grass and delicately weave them into a strong sturdy home for the chicks. If Mama Bird approves, eggs will be laid and a new generation hoped for...if not the poor Dad has to start all over again until he gets the nest just right for his mate.  We’ve seen a pregnant giraffe, but no baby yet, zebras that look like they are carrying triplets...those poor mama’s.  And we’ve been lucky enough to catch beautiful moments of a few baby baboons and vervets as well.  We ooh and awe...how cute they are, how tiny, how sweet.  But how many will actually make it through the summer? Or into the next year?  Statistics show us that infant species of almost any kind of animal are considered more than lucky if they make it through the first year of life.  After that, it’s all a gambling game, and will depend on whether or not the young one runs away when being stalked or runs right into the jaws of his destiny. Disease, floods, drought, all takes their toll on the new babies each year. Depressing? No, not really. Unlike the human world, in the wild there is a chain of life that has for thousands of years been true to itself.  Prey animals like impalas and wildebeest reproduce on a yearly basis, with the herd’s steady number giving the higher predators a supply of food.  It works all the way from the tiny termite up to the elephant...each having their own place, time, and purpose. As humans we get sucked in by the emotions of seeing the little ones, but from Mother Nature's point of view, the cycle of life and death is merely the way the world needs to turn. So we'll watch all the young ones as they are born and welcomed into the world of green around them, and if one falls to a predator, as many will, remember it’s all a part of the big plan of life. Nature holds its wonders as well as its tears in the palm of its hand, we are simply allowed to watch and appreciate all of its moments.  http://www.africam.com/wildlife/buffalocalf0

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A lovely sensitive peace

A lovely sensitive peace thank you to the author

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