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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The first moments for a baby giraffe

         The first moments for a baby giraffe         

Holidaymakers on safari breaks are increasingly used to seeing spectacular sights as expert tour guides take them deep into the heart of the animal kingdom. But few tourists have been fortunate enough to witness the heart-warming nature show caught on camera in the Masai Mara last week – the first, nervous seconds of a newly born giraffe’s life.
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Tottering precariously on spindly legs, the baby giraffe was spotted just a few minutes after its birth – so soon that it was still coated in amniotic fluid.
baby giraffe 1 The first moments for a baby giraffeClearly perplexed by its change of circumstances, the calf struggled to drag itself upright as its mother watched it with anxious eyes. But shortly afterwards, it seemed to have mastered the difficult skill of standing, sheltering between its mum’s hind legs and taking stock of its surroundings.
baby giraffe 2 The first moments for a baby giraffeThe startling images were captured by award-winning photographer Paul Goldstein, who was guiding a safari group for tour company Exodus when he stumbled upon this post-natal drama.
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