Lost Baby Wildebeest Thinks Hyundai Tucson Is Its Mom (VIDEO)

Published July 6, 2017

The calf followed the car for four miles and even tried to suckle its tires.

Baby Wildebeest

Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesA baby Wildebeest sleeps at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park on June 21, 2011.

Admittedly, the blue Hyundai Tucson SUV does look like a “mom car” driving through South Africa’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Which might explain why a baby wildebeest recently mistook the vehicle for its mother.

In a video taken by Zaheer and Asma Ali and uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, the calf can be seen chasing a car down the road and even suckling on its tires.

The baby had apparently been separated from its herd and instinctively began following the largest moving object it could see — which it did for approximately four miles.

The Alis told the South African newspaper the Citizen that they tried to guide the animal away from the road after it was accidentally struck by another car.

As they did that, though, the calf’s herd reappeared and the young wildebeest safely made its way back to its wheel-less mother.

As many as 500,000 wildebeest calves are born each year. They learn how to walk within minutes of birth — which is good, since calving season happens right before the species’ famous migration.

Commonly recognized as one of the most incredible natural events of the year, the annual northward march sees millions of wildebeests marching nearly 500 miles in the largest on-land migration on Earth:

Next, watch this video of a young hippo who really wants a crocodile to play with it. Then, if you don’t have the budget for international travel, check out these hidden wonders of the United States.

Annie Garau
Annie is a NYC-based writer.
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