When I got the call from my friend and colleague Scotch about a brand new baby giraffe about to take his first steps I immediately turned around and starting heading that way. I had some photography guests with me and well this sounded like a great scene to capture.
We would soon find ourselves observing and photographing one of the most memorable sightings of my career! The day was not kind to us in terms of photography, the sun kept poking through but for the most part we had massive changes in light to deal with between every frame taken. Couple this with the fact that due to the sensitivity of the sighting we were not able to drive around the gorgeous mother and calf and onto the side of the better light. However upon arriving at the scene, photography issues faded and all that began to matter was what was happening right in front of us.
When we got to the location the youngster was already on his feet although swaying from side to side. His mother was amazing and I could easily tell that this wasn't her first child, she had done this before. She would gently nudge him to help him keep balance every time he looked like he was about to fall over. She carefully licked and cleaned him as he stood looking around with half open eyes at the new world that was around him.
It was the most amazing thing to watch and we sat for well over 45 minutes and just watched as this new little creature took in the views around him. Eventually he made his way, on very shaky legs, underneath his mother where he began to suckle for the first time.
Welcome to a brand new world my little friend, may it be kind to you.