Not everyone gets the chance to witness the amazing moment when another creature is brought to life. However, zoo goers at the Memphis Zoo were given this once in a lifetime opportunity when they fortunately witnessed the live birth of a baby reticulated giraffe. It was such an extraordinary moment that was all caught on camera!
The Memphis Zoo greeted its newest addition in the family when Marilyn, a female giraffe, gave birth to her baby with male giraffe, Kenya, at exactly noon that day. It was the second successful giraffe birth in the previous couple of years at the zoo, following the birth of another giraffe, Angela Kate.
The amazing part about this birth is that a lot of people were able to watch as Marilyn delivered her baby. Everything was caught on camera and everyone watching from outside the cage were awestruck at sight unfolding right before their eyes.
In the footage, Marilyn can be seen roaming around her caged habitat, clearly struggling with the delivery but doing her best to do what must be done. The pregnant mama giraffe was in the final stages of her delivery and if one will look closely, they could totally see her baby’s feet as it has started to come out of her!
Marilyn was determined. She is one tough mama and everyone watching her were quietly rooting for her from afar.
The onlookers, which are a mix of zoo keepers and visitors, can only watch as Marilyn roams around her cage as she brings her little one out to the world. We all know that giving birth is not a walk in the park and everyone, though quite amazed, were marveling at this brave momma with sympathy and concern in their eyes.
They were all waiting as Marilyn pushed her baby out with all her might. She was strongly standing through it all. I just can’t help but admire her inspiring strength and courage!
And then, after all the pushing and struggles to deliver her little one, Marilyn gave one final powerful push. Her baby giraffe came out and fell on the ground. It looked a little concerning at first but later on, the newborn slowly moved around.
It was such an unforgettable moment when the baby giraffe gently moved his head up and looked back at everyone who was watching him and his mother. Although he was still on the ground, the baby giraffe is showing signs of strength and energy.
The newborn giraffe looked weak and fragile, but his nature dictated that he needed to stand up within 30 minutes to an hour after being born. This is because he needs to be on his feet in order to nurse from his mother. And, after seeing his brave mother succeed in delivering her young, everyone watching shifted to waiting for the newborn to find the strength to stand up and live.
Little by little, the young giraffe found the strength to step up and reach for his mother. His knees were wobbly and trembling but he kept on pushing his limbs to bring himself up. His mother, on the other hand, gently kicks him to prod him and aid him in his first attempt at standing right up.
She was giving him support by standing strong behind her child, despite the tiring ordeal she just went through while giving birth to him. Every pair of eyes were glued on the both of them, all of the people quietly cheering for the little giraffe as he gave his all for him to stand on his own feet.
At long last, the newly born reticulated giraffe was able to lift itself up and reach for his loving mother. It was such a sweet moment that not everybody will have the opportunity to witness. It was fortunate that this remarkable happening was all caught on camera and we get to see this amazing beauty of bringing life!
As the little one looks up to his mom, I can’t help but to imagine just how proud his mother must have felt for her baby. In their own language of love, even these animals definitely showed just how strong a mother is and that a new life is always a miracle to be thankful for.
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