How Does a Giraffe have a Baby?

SHI 3/13/17                   giraffe-animal-funny-facial-expression-39504

Have you ever wondered how Giraffes have babies and what happens when they get older?

The female Giraffe is known as a cow and the male is known as a bull. The Cow carries the baby for up to 15 months and gives birth to the calf standing up.  The calf falls 6 feet to the ground with hooves, head first.  Even though the calf might take a tumble at birth, it helps to break the amniotic sac, severs the umbilical cord, and most importantly encourages the calf to take its first breaths. After the calf drops to the ground, the mother will begin to clean it off and after a few minutes, the calf will attempt its first steps. Within 30 minutes to an hour of being born, a calf will begin to stand and walk.

Male giraffes will stay with their mothers for 15 months before leaving to form a group with other males. Females leave their mothers around 18 months, but will continue to live with their herd.

What do giraffes eat? A newborn giraffe will begin to nurse from its mother as soon as it is able to stand.  Giraffes nurse from their mothers for 9 – 12 months.  By 4 months they will begin to eat solid foods such as leaves and twigs of acacia, mimosa, and wild apricot trees. Giraffes eat approximately 75 pounds of food per day. Giraffes usually spend 16 to 20 hours per day standing and walking around. Males are 2,145 to 3,075 lbs. and females are 1,550 to 2,095 lbs.

One of our staff members Jackie Townsend absolutely loves Giraffes especially one named April.  April is a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.  She is 15 years old and is the mother of her unborn baby Oliver.  April has had four other babies before this one . She was due Mid February, but hasn’t had her baby quite yet.

 

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