Two Baby Giraffes Born At Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Are Adorable

10/03/2016 1:26 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Warning: the above video contains graphic content. Fast forward to 0:14 if you want to miss the gnarly bits.

Surely the process of entering the world is traumatic enough without the extra stress of having to learn to walk minutes after being born.

However this is the case for baby giraffes, who have to get the hang of their gangly legs pretty much immediately (unlike humans, who have the luxury of chilling horizontally for months on end).

This is the situation a newborn male calf Amahle (pronounced A-marl and meaning 'beautiful one in Zulu') found himself in after being born at Sydney Taronga Western Plains Zoo on Tuesday.

In a rare event, zoo keepers were able to document not only Amahle's birth (see the NSFW video above) as well as the little tacker's first moments on land.

Despite the apparent encouragement from mother Asmara, try as he might, baby Amahle just can't quite get the hang of standing up. Unluckily for him, the whole embarrassing (but super cute) process was caught on camera -- something he will probably complain about in his teenage years.

Amahle is the fourth giraffe calf to be born at Sydney Taronga Western Plains Zoo in the past ten weeks, with female calf Zane welcomed just ten days prior on Saturday 27th February 2016 to experienced mother Tulli.

Zane and Ahmale join female calves Nyah and Kito, also born earlier this year.

“Over the coming weeks, the two newest additions will start to become more confident and explore the rest of the exhibit with the other young calves which will be great to see,” keeper, Simone Low, said.

"Giraffe numbers in the wild have been decreasing over the past decade it is estimated less than 80,000 giraffe remain in the wild. The 30 percent drop in numbers is directly due to poaching for bush meat and also habitat encroachment by farmers.

“Every birth for a species such as the giraffe that are seeing a decline in wild populations is important, as it helps to insure against extinction.”



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