It’s Monday 4th August 2008 and a new baby is born

It’s Monday 4th August 2008 and a new baby is born

A few weeks ago our guests at Luangwa Safari House witnessed a very special event. Jacob, our fabulous laughing guide, was out exploring what mother nature had to offer one morning when a journey of giraffes caught their eye, especially as one female was looking rather fat and in distress. So they stopped to see what was happening. All of a sudden two feet appeared and they realised that the giraffe was in labour! Very exciting stuff – Jacob has been guiding for twelve years and never seen such an event. Without the privacy of a maternity ward everyone could watch. Jacob positioned the vehicle in a prime location, so the team could be part of this memorable event. It wasn’t only the guests who were watching but the other giraffes were also rather interested in what was going on.

Legs suddenly popping outSeveral hours later ...

Giraffes do not have the easiest time with labour, and so after several hours walking around (not so bad by human standards but long enough all things considered) the young baby slowly emerged and then landed with a thump on the ground. It’s quite a distance to fall, but the baby seemed absolutely fine and was on his feet tottering around after a few moments.

After the big  fall ... and mum is checking to make sure everything is in orderBeing introduced to the rest of  the family

One of the very interesting points was that the group of giraffe kept a close eye on the proceedings and then kept guard over the baby until he/she could stand and walk. They also came over and sniffed the new-born – possibly as a way of introducing themselves and becoming more acquainted? What an amazing event to share with mother nature.

  Up and ready to go

While we are on the subject of rare sightings, Simon had an almost unheard of sight in Nsefu. While on a game drive one morning he saw a flash of movement and a second or two later he realised that a side striped jackal had just run past. After mumbling in great excitement and having to get out of the vehicle to do a little dance of joy he eventually managed say ‘side-striped jackal’. Which is an exceptionally rare sighting in the Nsefu Sector – one hasn’t been seen in 12 years (even in the rest of the South Luangwa National Park they are classified as rare). With the hope that the jackal hadn’t disappeared into a hole they went in search and just around the corner looking at them through the bushes was the jackal. The guests and Simon had a good long look at it, while Simon explained all the features that would allow them to confirm his story. Otherwise Daudi and the other Nsefu guides would never had believed him! Unfortunately no photos were taken, but we promise it’s true!

photo by Julie Bowenphoto by Alex Paul

But if you would like to see some lovely photos – remember to check out our online gallery and our competition shortlist from our Emerald Season Photos

Enjoy the rest of the week




photo by William  Goldsmith


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