Zebra foals are generally born during the rainy season. A mare gives birth within the vicinity of her group and while laying down on her side. The newborn foal weighs 66–77 lb. A newborn is capable of standing almost immediately and starts to eat grass within a week. At the moment of birth, a mother zebra keeps any other zebra away from her foal, including the stallion, the other mares, and even the previous offspring. Later, though, they all bond. Within the group, a foal has the same rank as its mother.