New Kids in the Wild

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New Kids in the Wild

No matter how fearsome or clever they become, all mammals start their life small and vulnerable. In the wild, food is hard to come by, so no matter how cute a creature is, there will always be predators out to eat them. It is up to the parents to teach these little critters how to fend for themselves.

Capuchins have many predators that live in the skies, between the branches and on the forest floors. Chico, a baby Capuchin, must learn to identify these threats, warn the tribe and survive another day.

Another tree-dweller, Ravi, the lion-tailed macaque, must also master life between the branches. Together with its tribe, it will learn to defend its territory from other macaques, forage the forest for food, and learn to fear humans as all wild lion-tailed macaques do.

Cheetahs are the fastest mammals on the planet. Before Usana can use its natural speed to catch its prey, it must first learn to stalk it. After a successful hunt, it needs to learn how to avoid lions and hyenas by climbing trees.

Painted wolf pups, or African wild dogs as they are better known, may be mistaken for hyenas by casual observers. Though they share prey and habitats, hyenas tend to be much larger and belong to a different genus altogether. Hyenas are closer related to mongoose, while African wild dogs are canines. To compete against such dangerous foes, Lyca must learn how to hunt part of an inseparable team.

Before becoming a king of beasts, Chinga must first learn its place in the pride. Fully grown lions have little to fear from predators, but their prey can kill them. Buffalo and rhino horns can easily puncture a lung. Hippos, wild hogs, and crocodiles are fearless and can seriously injure and kill careless hunters. One kick from a giraffe can break the back of a lion. Chinga must learn how to kill its prey safely, or every hunt could be it’s last.

In New Kids in the Wild, we follow these cutie-pies in their transformation from helpless babies to fully-fledged adults.

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Author: Jan Hendrik Harmse