Newborn Drops To The Ground, But Loud Sound Makes All The Giraffes Run Away Scared

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

After waiting for April the giraffe to give birth, many of us researched what we should expect from the calf’s arrival. As it turns out, giraffe births are very exciting: The moms deliver their little ones standing up, and the six-foot fall to the ground helps the baby wake up.

But when a giraffe named Ursula gave birth at the Marwell Zoo in 2012, the fall wasn’t enough to get the newborn up and about.

In the clip below, Ursula is seen with other giraffes, walking around and even eating as the baby hangs out of her.

As soon as the little one drops to the floor, the loud sound makes all the other giraffes in the enclosure scatter and run away. Even the mom herself exits the frame, leaving the little one by himself.

But it’s only a few seconds before Ursula and the other giraffes come inspect the little one. They start licking him and cleaning him, which is ultimately what gets him to stand and take his first steps.

What an incredible moment to witness in such an up-close and personal way. And it’s sure interesting to see how the other giraffes reacted to the birth, as we’ve mostly seen moms deliver their babies without others of their species present.

Please SHARE if you would have loved to be there for this miraculous birth!

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