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09/30/2010

The Daily Beast - Sept 30, 2010

A baby female Masai Giraffe who has been named Shani, after being born three weeks ago at the Los Angeles Zoo, on September 24, 2010.  MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

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Able to stand shortly after birth, calves can grow four feet during their first year and when fully grown can reach a height of 18 feet, making them the tallest land mammal.

 

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  Native to Kenya and Tanzania, Masai giraffes can reach a speed of 35 miles per hour with kicks so powerful that theyre capable of decapitating a lion. 

 

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Giraffes communicate with one another through posturing, movement and carriage of their tails, retreat and sometimes vocalization, which includes moos, bellows and whistles.    

 

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Shani (C),  stands beside her mother Naema (R), and another juvenile.

 

 

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Shani, gets an affectionate nuzzle from her mother Naema.

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ahh, she's so cute!

Lovely creatures, and beautiful photos. Thanks.

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