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Newborn giraffe at Kariega Game Reserve

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Kariega guest Sonja Wylde captured this video of a newly born giraffe while driving to the Kariega gate on her way home. The calf is still trying to stand up which means that it must be only a few hours old. The mother can be seen cleaning the calf. The giraffe was born after a gestation period of approximately 15 months or 453 days. At birth, the calf fell about 2m to the ground. This is nature's way of helping to kick start its breathing! It is amazing that with such long legs the calf can learn how to stand and walk so well in just a few hours. They definitely learn faster than human babies and can walk (although shakily) within the first hour of life. The calf needs to be up and ready to move if predators, like lions, come close. There are nine subspecies of giraffe in the world, the one we find in Kariega Game Reserve is the South African giraffe. It’s normal for a giraffe cow to have only one calf but twins have been recorded. The calf's next response after standing up is to look for its mother's udder. The cows udder is under her back legs and the calf will drink her milk for the next 9-12 months. At around four months the calf also starts eating solids like leaves. The calf will then start to learn how to ruminate, the process of re-chewing solids into smaller fragments so more nutrients can be absorbed. This little calf may live up to 25 years. We look forward to watching it grow up with the other beautiful giraffe at Kariega Game Reserve. Thanks to Sonja for sending us her video. Situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa Kariega Game Reserve spans across 10,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, and is home to the famous Big 5, zebra, giraffe, hippo, multiple species of antelope and an abundance of birdlife. Kariega is a family-owned and operated private game reserve, giving it a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Set on African plains with magnificent hills and dramatic river valleys, the reserve combines spectacular and dramatic vistas with an abundance of African game and wildlife. There is a choice of five safari lodges. http://www.kariega.co.za