Guests riding on Kilimanjaro Safaris yesterday in Dinsey’s Animal Kingdom got a real treat when a new baby giraffe was born right there in front of them!
The mom is a beautiful Masai giraffe named Mara, and she went into labor right as the Kilimanjaro Safaris vehicles were passing by in the middle of the attraction. By 2pm she gave birth to a healthy giraffe calf.
If you look at the bottom right of the photo, you can see the giraffe calf sitting under its mother shortly after birth:
It was quite a sight to see at first when it was happening because the mother was just standing there on her feet and guests could start to see the hooves and legs of the baby giraffe start popping out. Once the calf came out, it was already 6-feet tall. Of course unlike human babies, giraffe calves can get up and start walking right away.
(UPDATE 1/17/19) Disney has just announced on the Disney Parks Blog that the baby giraffe born in Kilimanjaro Safari on Monday is a boy! It was awesome for the guests who were there first-hand and got to witness the event right up close and in person.
Here is a close-up photo of the baby giraffe:
The baby boy doesn’t have a name yet, but is bonding well with his mother and they’ve been backstage together nursing. They will stay there for about the next month or so before they are released back into the Kilimanjaro Safari savanna.
Hopefully you’ll have to chance to see the new giraffe calf as both it and the mother are out wandering the savanna soon!
Hopefully we get another update from Disney soon with some more close-up photos and a name for the new giraffe! We’ll keep you posted…
I want to know what you think about the new baby giraffe calf being born yesterday…
- Have you ever seen any animals on the safari give birth?
- What name should they give it?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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