16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Newborn with mom in Sabi Sand

While on a morning safari in in Sabi Sand, South Africa we came upon came upon a group of giraffe. There were two young giraffes in the group; this one still had its umbilical cord hanging. It was difficult to get a good angle for the shot because the several adults surrounded it protectively, and because it remained close to one of the adults - presumably it's mother. The baby's expression and neck tilt reminded us of the comfort we all feel for mom.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Skukuza (Nottens Bush Camp), South Africa
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © David Riley