Baby animals are cute to watch, especially when they’re just a few days old and learning to walk on their own.
Their adorable steps may sometimes get wobbly, but that’s why they’re fun to watch.
And just like any other baby animal, giraffes are no exception for cuteness.
On April 29th, 2022, a newborn Masai giraffe in Seneca Park Zoo was trying to find his footing and still learning to walk on its first day on earth.
A few days after, the baby giraffe not only mastered standing and walking but was also seen running around his habitat at the park.
“Look at him go! What a difference a few days makes,” shared Adam Bello of Monroe County Executive in a post on Social Media, along with a video.
He added that the calf and his mom, Iggy, are both doing well. This was their firstborn giraffe at the zoo since its founding in 1894.
Here’s a bit of background about Masai Giraffes.
They are one of the subspecies of giraffes.
They’re known to have darker skin tones than other species with large patches, primarily dark brown, and distinctively vine leaf-shaped with jagged edges.
They’re naturally found in habitats across central and southern Kenya and throughout Tanzania.
Since the mortality rate of baby giraffes is high, they need to be monitored around the clock.
But Bello confirmed that the calf was nursing and appeared healthy.
They are also checking the mom every now and then. Bello later revealed in a social media post that the calf is male.
“The calf is very active, and mom is doing great,” said zoo superintendent Steve Lacy. “Things are progressing as expected. Mom and baby continue to be monitored and we are cautiously optimistic.”
Giraffe pregnancy normally last about 15 months, so arrangements and plans were already in place prior to Iggy giving birth.
Patrick Meredith, Country Parks Director, along with the staff made the preparations.
Though the next phase will be critical after birth and the next few weeks.
Iggy, along with another female Misai giraffe, Kipenzi, arrived at the zoo in 2018.
It was part of the St. Paul Street attraction’s Animals of the Savanna expansion. The calf’s father was brought to the zoo later in the same year as the females arrived.
The zoo was closed the entire time when the calf was born.
No updates were given yet on when will it reopen or when the calf will make its public debut.
The Youtube video has since gathered more than 100 thousand views and more than 5 thousand likes.
Hundreds have commented as well.
One user commented, “Such an amazing animal. Definitely one of the unique creatures on our planet.
Here’s to their survival in the wild.
So many species are critically endangered.
We can do better. Emphasizing the importance of endangered animals and their survival.
“Wow!! I never expected such a graceful gallop from this little giraffe!🥰So cute!!” Said another user who shared their amazement for the animal.
With this calf, we are helping the species secure their future, one newborn at a time.
Watch this video and see these lovely creatures!
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Source: Monroe County NY, Monroe County Web, AnimalChannel