Youngsters

Pamushana | February 2017

There are so many youngsters about at the moment – especially impalas, buffalo, zebras and giraffes. If you look closely you’ll see that the giraffe calf still has part of its umbilical cord attached. Giraffe gestation lasts over a year and the mother gives birth standing up. The calf emerges head and front legs first, having broken through the foetal membranes, and falls to the ground, severing the umbilical cord. The ossicones (horn-like protrusions), which have lain flat while it was in the womb, become erect within a few days. You can see this ones are still a bit wonky and have not quite straightened out yet.