SucklingContext: Calf Nourishment & Weaning (8)
Little E is 6 days old and has been Solicit-Suckling for at least 3 minutes but Mama Little E has made no attempt to help him. Then suddenly she marches off with Little E running after her. It is too windy to hear if he rumbles.
Mama Little E comes to an abrupt halt, and puts a foreleg forward, adopting a Suckle-Stance. She is Rumbling - though it is not clear who to. As she does so she reaches her trunk back and under his mouth (Trunk-to-Mouth) as if possibly Guiding him - and even holds his ear as if drawing him to her and showing him her breast and then Coo-Rumbles to him. She Coo-Rumbles again. She stands patiently while he Suckles again and again. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)