Get ready for a full-blown dose of adorable, courtesy of a baby blue wildebeest from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
A video captured by Zaheer and Asma Ismail and shared to LatestSightings.com shows the calf engaging in some strange – but equally cute – behaviour.
After getting separated from its herd, the little guys finds a new mother in the shape of a blue Hyundai SUV, and proceeds to follow it for a couple of kilometers.
“We realised that he was probably lost and the had taken to the car in front of us as its mother,” says Zaheer Ismail, speaking to the website. “We knew it was a natural instinct for him to follow the biggest moving object closest to him, as he would have done in the herd.”
After a close-call with another moving vehicle, the calf decides to follow their own car, “looking for a spot on the vehicle to suckle”.
“We drove for about another 4-5km like this in search of a herd of wildebeest,” Ismail says. “The whole way he was crying out for us to stop.”
Luckily, the story has a happy ending – the couple eventually found a herd of around 50 wildebeest, and the calf was reunited with its real, living, breathing mother.
The video is an incredible example of the power of animal instinct, and is also probably a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is, of course, famous for its massive black-maned lions, so it’s a good thing that the Ismails were on hand to guide the little wildebeest to safety!
Watch the entire fiasco here: