The first years are crucial in the life of zebras. In the wild, herd separation is not just a measure taken to protect the mother and foal from predators.
It is also a way for the baby to learn about the smell and sounds of the mother. This time they spend together is vital in their respective lives. And like all mothers, zebras are extremely protective of their offspring. La Nina knew the baby needed her help, but she was unable to do anything. The exhaustion was enormous and the fear of separation made her cry in despair.