Ok, I admit it I’m a sucker for animal stories. Turns out nearly everyone else is too. Animal stories can be the scourge of editors in our business however. They draw big attention while the supervisors meeting stories tries to keep up. Now that we can count hits, we know animal stories are big. A video I shot of a giraffe birth three years ago has been our top video since it was shot, with over 2 million hits last time we looked.
I’ve seen 6 baby giraffes born at Safari West over the years. Usually, the legs appear, someone gives me a call, and then it’s about 2-4 hours before the baby makes the 6 foot dive into the world. Handles checked on the mother, Zarafa, After 4 new babies last year, the herd at Safari West continues to grow. This year the feisty male Dozer, who was raised at the San Francisco Zoo before coming to Safari West, is old enough to assume the role of the dominant male of the reticulated giraffes.
CLICK HERE for a link to the photo gallery of the latest giraffe.
CLICK HERE for a link to Zarafa’s first baby in an audio slide show.