A baby Giraffe is a sight to behold! Consider a “newborn” six feet three inches tall and weighs 147 pounds at birth. Giraffe moms carry their babies for 15 months, allowing the embryo to grow massive. When the baby is ready to be born, the baby comes front feet first, with the neck and head stretched out over the front knees in a sort of “superman” position.
This is useful since a mother giraffe gives birth in a standing position, which means the newborn comes into the world falling from a height of over 6 feet. The fall and impact break the umbilical cord and the natal sac, and the jolt of landing forces the baby giraffe to take its first breath!
The unharmed youngster will relax for up to an hour where it landed while the mother licks it to increase circulation and dry the skin. Still, Africa’s infants must be ready to run with the herd, and the newborn giraffe is up, walking, and even running within an hour of birth.
Let’s find out seven astonishing giraffe baby facts;