EXCLUSIVE: This lost wildebeest calf bonding with a car is ridiculously cute

2017-07-03 09:22
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Cape Town - After a few recent grim and gory encounters, this priceless experience of a lost wildebeest calf imprinting on car as its mother proves why South Africa's safari experiences are second to none.

Shared by Latest Sightings community, sweet footage was captured by Zaheer and Asma Ali while in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park shows a baby blue wildebeest lost from its herd and trying to find a"replacement” mother in a blue vehicle that happens to be passing by. 

Ali tells LatestSightings.com, “The Kgalagadi is known for its vast desert plains and open landscapes with dunes of red sand. We were traveling up to Mata Mata, one of the camps, which is the border into Namibia when we turned a corner and came across this little wildebeest calling and standing next to the car in front of us.

The couple say they were quite shocked to see the wildebeest calf move and stop as the car does.

"At first, we didn’t understand what was happening, but after a few minutes of viewing the wildebeest, checking our surroundings and seeing that there wasn't a herd in sight, we realised that he was probably lost and he had taken to the car in front of us as its mother."

Ali suggest the calfs natural instinct took over to "follow the biggest moving object closest to him, as he would have done in the herd". 

"We were afraid for him as he was all alone and vulnerable in prolific lion and cheetah territory and our aim was to help him back to the safety of his herd. At the same time, we felt excited because we knew how rare this sighting was, we had only ever heard of things like this on TV."

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The couple states they followed the calf and the blue car for about 2kms when the calf decided to follow another car that was passing in the opposite direction.

And at times it's a close call for the little guy as he appears highly confused and runs in the direction of the other car and almost gets run over.

'Little guy went flying into the car

Ali says, "Luckily the ABS on the Toyota was better than that on the little calf. He went flying into the car but luckily was not injured. Then the calf decided to turn towards our vehicle. It was going to the tyres trying to suckle. Looking for a spot on the vehicle to suckle.

"My wife, Asma, rolled down the window and this little guy was obviously quite distressed. We moved the vehicle forward hoping it would start following us. We moved quite a distance away from the calf so he didn't get hurt by the car's tyres. We drove for about another 4-5km like this in search of a herd of wildebeest. The whole way he was crying out for us to stop, at the same time we saw him run through a puddle of water, which was sweet."

Eventually, the herd of wildebeest appeared, according to Ali.

"There were around 50 wildebeest in this herd... the calf stopped and within 5 seconds the mother came running towards him and they were reunited. He immediately started suckling on her. What a pretty cool adventure we had! And we are so glad we can share this with the LatestSightings.com community," says Ali.

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