On our way to a sighting of a mother cheetah and her cub, we get slightly delayed by a fascinating interaction between two bird species, in a relationship known as brood parasitism. In order to save energy and essentially the responsibility of raising a brood of chicks, most cuckoo species amongst other bird species will lay their eggs in a host species bird’s nest.
Sometimes removing one of the host’s eggs to ensure that the total number of eggs does not change, the host will then raise this intruder’s chick in full belief that it is it’s own.
The particular sighting we came across was that of a Burchell’s Starling feeding a Great Spotted Cuckoo chick, that it had most likely raised.
After this, we enjoy a magical scene of the two cheetahs with a large dazzle of zebra and journey of giraffe as they basically surround the resting cheetah to keep an eye on them.
Enjoy this Virtual Safari…
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