I am frequently called upon to photograph new arrivals, whether they are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I love those assignments, and have made a few memorable images over the years. But I have also learned that when you enter the world of animal life, animals make all the rules. I have waited hours for “moments” to occur, sometimes in vain. On this recent occasion, I feel that I had some success, thanks to a caring mother who was not camera shy.
Pictured here is a tender moment between mother and baby that I witnessed recently backstage at DAK. Mom, appropriately named “Big Girl”, is shown bonding with her three-day old male calf named “Bolo”. I converted the original to black and white, and feel that it enhances the emotional connection here. Tell me what you think.