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This bison cow, separated from the herd, had just dropped this calf. She was licking the calf clean and encouraging the calf to stand with low, soft, inquiring grunts with, in return, gentle grunts in response from the calf. After ten or fifteen minutes the cow gradually walked away, with the tiny calf teetering along behind, a portion of umbilical cord dangling below its belly.

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EF 70-200mm +1.4x @ 280mm; f/7.1 @ 1/1250 sec, ISO 640

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Neat. Is the second calf hers or another cow’s? Seems like another’s. Hope its momma came to tend to it soon. The little ones are so vulnerable.

Twins are very rare. This was captured in an area where many other cows, all separated from the main herd, were calving—synchrony. The second calf, in the first image, was another cow’s. Once the calves can walk they all tend to group more closely together, ultimately rejoining the main herd. Safety in numbers.

Great moment captured !

Thank you, Jagdeep. There were a number of cows calving or who had already dropped their calves. Very busy! and it happens very fast. No action photos. I was fortunate to spot this cow a bit away from the others so I could get a clear view.