THE LATEST NEW COMMER!  The Giraffe baby ! by Magaret Meintjes

THE LATEST NEW COMMER! The Giraffe baby ! by 

LOCATION CAPTURED: GROENLAND SAFARI’S, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Camera Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm

It took me two months to get this capture of the mother and her new baby, she just kept to dense bush where she hit him untill this day that I eventually saw her and the new baby for the first time! My first capture of her and our newborn giraffe baby!

This is the tallest animal on earth, growing up to about 5 meters. The tallest recorded, an exceptional animal from Kenya, measured nearly six meters. The ‘horns’ or sub-conical ossicones are topped with black hair and look like knobs. There is sometimes a smaller ‘horn’ or knob, between the two ‘horns’. They have stiff bristle-like manes. extending from the top of the head between the horns to the top of the shoulders. The extraordinary neck has seven elongated vertebrae, the same number as has man. Special valves in the carotid artery and jugular vein prevent flooding or evacuation of blood from the skull when the head is either lowered or raised.
Their preferred habitat is bushy or open scrubby plains with acacia trees, which is their favoured food. They are not generally associated with open plains. They will drink if water is available but this is not essential as they appear to be able to subsist on water from their food plants.
Giraffe are predominantly diurnal, but will also move and feed after dark. They rest in the hottest part of the day, sometimes with the head resting in the fork of a tree.
Social structure is not strong and bulls wander from one herd to another and leadership appears to be loose, with no apparent established hierarchy. Although they are docile, they will defend themselves stoutly against their main predator, the lion. They have been known to kill a lion by a sharp forward chop of their forelegs. Smaller predators than lion will try and take their young.
The males spar in the mating season with characteristic swinging of their necks against each other, butting with the horns and using the head as a club. This is the probable reason for the male’s larger head and horns. These fights are rarely serious and little damage is done. One calf is born, rarely twins.
Food: Almost exclusively browsers, they eat a wide variety of leaves and twigs. Acacias are preferred and have proved to have a high degree of protein. They will eat newly sprouted grass and will eagerly eat mineralized soil or even gnaw on bones for the mineral content.

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  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    So beautiful Mags :))

  • Thank you so much dear, long time rb-friend! xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • jules572
    jules572over 4 years ago

    What a marvelous life Magaret to be able to enjoy the wonders of the wild life in your own back yard, it must be so rewarding…A Wonderful shot of this mother and child in their natural environment…Jules..Favor

  • Thank you so much for a great honor in fav my work, yes, I know how privileged i am and that is why I want to share it with every-one
    that isn’t so privillaged! Thank you for your continous support and very kind comments! Take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    lovely picture, such a great colour,dawnx

  • Thank you so much dear dawn xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Mags. This is so “real Africa”……love it! Great shot.

  • Thank you so much Olitto for your visit and kind comment, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Mooi mooi mooi weer eens Magaret
    Lucky you om daar te kuier

  • Baie, baie dakie John!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    YAY, beautifully captured!

  • Thank you so much Kims xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 4 years ago

  • thank you so much for excepting my work!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • jannina
    janninaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Magaret, mum looks so proud

  • Sorry for my late reply jannina, still appreciate your lovely comment just as much! x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Maggie!

  • Thank you dear Trish, so sorry for my late reply, still appreciate yourlovely comment xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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