I witnessed this small incident when we were on the safari van in Corbett. We were driving on Sambar road inside Corbett National Park, which runs parallel to the river. A mother chital was feeding its baby on the river bed, and we stopped to watch. The deer our arrival and was alarmed. It decided to move away, but could not get it’s calf to follow. I watched them for a few seconds and captured the drama that unfolded there.
Happy moments. Chital feeding it’s baby.
Mother notices our arrival and is alarmed.
Mother decides that they must move on, but the baby is unwilling. It wants to be fed and is not keen to follow the mother.
The mother looks back. She is in two minds – she wants to move away from the potential danger she sees in us. But the calf is refusing to follow.
Mother’s love wins over the fear of danger. She rushes back to protect her baby.
Finally, all is well and it is business as usual.
More on Corbett National Park at paintedstork.com
* Images from Corbett
* Arriving at Corbett
* First day at Corbett: safari day trip to Dhikala
* Corbett: In the nature – A struggle between fear and love
* The desperate tourist’s tiger hunt
* Photo Essay: Landscapes of Corbett
* My Days in Corbett
* Encounter with Pachyderms
* Information about Corbett National Park
* Moving on from Corbett