Introducing: Vango, Savanna, Savuti, and Mak

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, February 20, 2012 8:14 PM



This shot was taken within the first hour after Lulu freshened.   All the kids are fighting for some teat time.  Oh, this is going to be fun!

For those that may not know, Lulu's given name is Balule and her brother Sammy is Tsamma.  Balule is the name of the first wildlife preserve I went to in South Africa and is part of Kruger National Park.  Tsamma is the name of a Kalahari Desert Melon.  What can I say?  When I got him he was really round and to this day when I pat on his belly just right he sounds like a ripe watermelon.

Last year Lulu had two boys that I named Chobe and Moremi ("Remi").  So in keeping with tradition for this family line, I've given her new kids African names.  I didn't really think about it, but as I looked at them the right names just sort of stuck.  So starting at 9 o'clock, we have:

Okavango - "Vango" - weighing in at 3 lbs.  He was the first to come out, and he did it butt first.  I was looking for a couple of hooves and a nose, but instead I got a tail.  I had to go in a little in order to help those hips get out.  And it took a little effort to get him breathing.  I was worried he might not make it.  Yes, I did give him a few teenie tiny breaths and rubbed his chest a whole bunch.  The name hit me because one of his ears is down turned.  That's just from the position inside and it'll straighten out soon enough.  But I swear Lulu was trying to bite it off when she was cleaning him, she was licking so hard.  She was helping me stimulate him I suppose.

Savanna - weighing in at 2-1/2 lbs.  She at Lulu's teat in this picture and looks just like Vango.  She's a strong girl and found her way to Lulu's teat first.

Savuti - "Sue" or maybe "Suzie" ??? - weighing in at 2-1/8 lbs.  She is to the left of Lulu's head.  She was the last to come out and she's the smallest.  It took her longest to get her legs under her.  I was a bit worried, so I made sure she got a little extra teat time.

Makgadikgadi - "Mak" - weighing in at a whopping 3-1/4 lbs.  He is to the right of Lulu's head.  Big Mak is definitely the strongest of the four.  I can already tell he's going to be a handful.

I'll check on them all a time or two more before I crawl into bed.  I think we're all going to sleep well tonight!

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