With every scrawny-legged faceplant into the summer grass just moments after birth, a newborn giraffe calf from Ohio has warmed hearts across the country.
Incredible video footage showed the exciting moments the newborn calf tried to take his first precarious steps.
The giraffe was born on July 10 at a wildlife conservation center in Ohio to proud giraffe mother LuLu. People were rooting for the little guy from the beginning.
“The Wilds is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe calf,” the wildlife center announced on July 12.
“The calf was born in the pasture during the late afternoon of July 10 and appears to be healthy.”
“The birth was also visible to guests on an Open-Air Safari Tour at The Wilds, providing for an unforgettable experience,” the statement continued. “The Wilds animal care staff noted that the calf is strong and staying close to its mother.”
The baby giraffe has not yet been named, but his first milestone has been viewed on social media by millions, making him a fast-rising giraffe star.
Viewers swooned and cringed over the baby’s struggle to stand, delighting in the calf’s unflinching perseverance.
It wasn’t long before the baby found success, standing shakily on his own and meeting his new herd.
The baby giraffe and mother LuLu offered viewers plenty of life and parenting lessons that we could all take to heart.
“Reminds me of how life is,” commented one viewer. “You keep at it, falling, get up and do it again, face plant get up and do it again until we get it right.”
“Sometimes parents need to standby as their child struggles,” said another. “The reward comes as the young find their own strength.”
The birth of the young giraffe was highly anticipated by staff at The Wilds conservation center. His birth holds a promising hope for the vulnerable giraffe population.
“Welcoming a giraffe calf to our herd is always an incredibly exciting time for our team,” said The Wilds Vice President Dr. Jan Ramer.
“Not only is this birth a milestone here at The Wilds, but it also gives us great hope and a foothold to sustain declining populations of this species in their native ranges.”
Not a bad debut, little guy!
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