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  • Day-old African jacanas already know where the food is.

  • And they get there on oversized feet they'll have to grow into one day.

  • They're not ideally adapted for running or flying, but getting around on floating lilies, that is their specialty.

  • It helps that they weigh just a few ounces.

  • The twins have no perception of the danger beneath the lilies.

  • Without a mother, two tiny fluff balls with long toes wandering around on a thin platform of lilies won't last very long out here.

  • But jacana mothers always abandon their chicks as they hatch and leave them entirely in the care of the males.

  • The father has his own flotation issues to deal with, but he keeps up with them, watching for anything suspicious in the water.

  • And, there it is.

  • With a coded chirp he calls his chicks to him.

  • It's not just to hide them from the crocodile.

  • He has to move them to safety, and the best way for him to do that is to tuck one under each wing and walk them out of danger.

  • Keeping the kids quiet in a dark place is always a challenge.

  • Those that survive here are the ones most aware of the sinister hiding in the beauty.

Day-old African jacanas already know where the food is.

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    Mackenzie posted on 2020/03/08
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