Awww! Small But Mighty Five: Cheater Edition

Joe and I have been back in the United States for about two weeks. It’s been really fun sharing photos and stories with friends since we arrived home. Going through photos seems a great time to share some more about those creatures I’m calling my Small but Mighty Five. This time—baby animals.

Baby animals? Isn’t that cheating? Probably. Especially since some of these babies weigh more than a full grown human and will grow to weigh more than a ton.

But still—baby animals! If mightiness is about their power to evoke some response, these small creatures (at least smaller than their full-grown counterparts) are mighty indeed.

I mean, look at this guy

Baby rhino with its mother
A baby white rhino and its mother.

Baby rhinos weigh about 55-100 pounds at birth and their gestation period is 18 months. Male adult white rhinos can weigh 5,000 pounds and females can weigh 3,700 pounds. A baby stays with its mother for about 3 years.

Here’s another mother and infant.

This little one is much smaller than a baby rhino, but no less mighty in awww factor

Baby cheetah with its mother
A baby cheetah with mom

Our guide told us that baby cheetahs have manes and coloration that resemble that of honey badgers. Looking like this aggressive animal provides protection while the cub grows. Here’s a link that shows the similarity.

Here’s another small (compared to what it will be someday) and mighty animal:

young giraffe with adults
A young giraffe with a couple of adults
Young giraffe with adult giraffe

Baby giraffes weigh 100-150 pounds and are 6 feet tall, and are born after a 14-month gestation period. They can walk on their own after about an hour.

Zebra babies are also amazing! Friends told us that zebras’ can stand within 15 minutes of birth and that their legs are the same length as adults’ legs. This way, a predator can’t see a baby standing behind its mother since their stomachs line up. Along with their stripes, their long legs help protect them.

Baby zebra with its mother
Baby Zebra with its mother

Okay, one more small (compared to what it will be someday) animal:

young hippo with its mother

Baby hippos weigh between 50-110 pounds (tiny compared to the 3000-plus pounds they’ll weigh someday). Hippos are dangerous but adorable at a distance.

Next time: back to smaller mighty creatures. But for today, enjoy the awe of awwww . . .

12 thoughts on “Awww! Small But Mighty Five: Cheater Edition

  1. As I write this you are on your way back to Africa after a much needed time with family and friends. Miss you both so much. How wonderful to serve others in another country.
    Thinking of you both.
    Judyr

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  2. Wonderful pictures. Thank you guys so much for staying in touch with us. All of God’s baby creatures are so cute, even if they weigh 150 pounds. I guess we will not be seeing you while you are here. I understand this, but you are much loved and missed. Madeleine

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Great pictures and information about the little mighty ones.

    Godspeed Peter

    On Tue, Jul 16, 2019, 10:40 AM Amy and Joe Go to Africa wrote:

    > Amy Richter posted: ” Joe and I have been back in the United States for > about two weeks. It’s been really fun sharing photos and stories with > friends since we arrived home. Going through photos seems a great time to > share some more about those creatures I’m calling my Small b” >

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