Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 300mm, 1/250, f8, ISO 400
Lying dead still, this newborn giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) lay frozen in the bush in order to avoid detection. Mom will typically be about a 100m off as a second line of defence and will draw a predators attention to itself in order for it’s young to remain undetected.
This baby giraffe was so young that when it finally got to it’s feet, we could see that the umbilical cord was still attached! At birth, the ‘horns’ are also pressed flat against the skull in order to enable the head to clear the birth canal. This youngster is so young that the horns haven’t had opportunity to straighten out and properly attach to the skull in the vertical position.
Balule game reserve, South Africa