Giraffes by Alison Nicholls ©2007

Giraffes At Play – by Alison Nicholls

When you think of a giraffe you think of elegance and that long graceful strides – even when giraffes run they look like they are moving in flowing slow motion. But one day in Hwange National Park in northern Zimbabwe, I saw a different side to giraffes.

Giraffes by Alison Nicholls ©2007

Giraffes by Alison Nicholls ©2007

2 female giraffes arrived at a waterhole, each with a very young calf in tow. After a few moments looking at each other, the 2 calves realized this was an opportunity not to be missed and immediately set off on a ridiculous romp; chasing each other around a tree; stopping; setting off again; obviously having the best time of their lives. Their mothers looked on in something approaching disgust and decided it was time to leave. The calves paid no attention at first, but as their mothers headed off in different directions, they realized their game had come to an end. Reluctantly they went their separate ways, no doubt to resume their training to become stately, graceful giraffes!

Until next time…

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