We are fast approaching Baby Season!
This means you may be finding a lot more youngsters in your yards and your farms.. but should you be picking them up?
Grey Duikers (and other solitary antelope) are able to walk and follow their mothers within an hour of being born. These Antelope do not have a herd system and rely on hiding their babies for safety.
A mother will often tuck her baby under thick grass or shrubs and leave the baby there for a few hours, coming back only to feed and move the youngster to a new hiding place. These mothers will usually come through at night to tend to their young.
It is never recommended to pick up a baby Duiker that is tucked away and hiding. These babies are doing what they were told and waiting for mum.
When do I pick up a baby Duiker?
If the youngster is clearly injured, the mother has definitely been killed or the youngster is wondering around at odd times during the day and in some form of danger.
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