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BFF ~ Best Friends Forever by Lisa G. Putman

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This older sister and new baby brother giraffe are inseperable! They are so affectionate with another. The baby boy seemingly annoyed by his sisters constant picking at him, but the minute she stops he reaches up to lick her. He is only one month old here. His older sister, of one year old, can not get enough of him. They are so sweet together.

Canon EOS 30D

Giraffes are vegetarians and will feed on spiny or thorny plants which they handle easily with a prehensile upper lip and very long, prehensile tongue. They eat leaves from high in the tops of various deciduous and evergreen trees and also some shrubs. A favorite, acacia leaves, are full of water, enabling giraffes to go a long time without drinking.

Baby giraffes nurse for about a year but begin eating leaves at about four months. They stay close to their mothers for the first few weeks, but after that, many mother giraffes leave their calves in sort of a babysitting co-op: one mother babysits while the others go out to eat. This “giraffe nursery” is called a creche.

Sometimes the baby is even left alone for a while. When that happens, the little guy just sits quietly and waits for mom to come back. I watched as this baby giraffe’s mother walked away, and the baby just stood their quietly like a statue until mother came back.

The ancient Romans called this animal “Camelopardalis” which meant “A camel marked like a leopard”.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Giraffa
Species: G. camelopardalis
Binomial name: Giraffa camelopardalis (Linnaeus, 1758)








  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaalmost 6 years ago

    Amazing shot

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    great shot

  • redrosedigital
    redrosedigitalalmost 6 years ago

    Those splayed legs are amazing! This is a very cute shot and I like the B&W – suits it well.

  • Jing3011
    Jing3011almost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot and info

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 6 years ago

    It takes an older sister to support us in life, just get a look at his legs, how precious! Looks like he could use a little support! lol! Priceless image!!

  • dc witmer
    dc witmeralmost 6 years ago

    nice tender moment Lisa

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture ! Precious moments. Hugs Tom

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareealmost 6 years ago

    WOnderful image Lisa… The baby looks so unganly…

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathalmost 6 years ago

    great shot of this graceful little lad

  • mlynnd
    mlynndalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot, of the two of them.

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