When you’re the tallest on the plains it seems everything you do is witnessed by others. When a giraffe gives birth it doesn’t happen in a hurry. It takes place at a high level initially, with some thrashing about, but then little happens for a while, a bit like a management meeting. All she really wants is a bit of peace and quiet. However, when she does drop, it is very conspicuous and frequently attracts all the predatory hooligans from the rough end of the neighbourhood.
Dan Heap, long time Kicheche friend, was with David Nchoe when they witnessed this – two hours of parental protection against a small clan of spotted hyenas. This mother was in a whole Heap of trouble but showed remarkable bravery, helped slightly by the hyenas appearing to have no real plan. They eventually scurried off with the afterbirth not the real one.
As a conception around the festive period it was anything but immaculate, but did have a happy ending. Thanks David, thanks Dan … thanks Mum.