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New Giraffe Birth + 5 Facts

New Giraffe Birth + 5 Facts

Watching a giraffe cow deliver a calf kept guests at the Sabi Sand Game Reserve enchanted for quite sometime. As the long-legged giraffe emerged into the open arms of the Kruger, it collapsed into a gentle heap onto the ground and with that, a new life was delivered.


Newborn giraffe calf in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Image by Lezel Labuschagne.Giraffe facts

5 Interesting Giraffe Facts

  • A giraffe cow will raise the calf by herself.
  • Calfs gather in small groups called “nursery herds”. They hang out in these groups while their mothers forage.
  • A newborn calf is able to run around after a few hours – albeit awkwardly.
  • Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and 2 hours asleep per day. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal.
  • A giraffe is one of the few animals that uses mostly its front legs when it runs.

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