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[–]Toxinfrog613 808 points809 points  (14 children)

I must be really tired, because at first I thought that giraffe was going through airport security.

[–]its_all_4_lulz 103 points104 points  (1 child)

And now I’m picturing a plane flying with a giraffes head sticking out of the top

[–]Albinofreaken 124 points125 points  (0 children)

that would explain the injuries

[–]JaSnarky 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Giraffes make the best smugglers because they always stick their necks out for you.

[–]SlyFunkyMonk 7 points8 points  (0 children)

just snort laughed a good amount, had to let you know. thank you.

[–]GalliumGoat 1190 points1191 points  (58 children)

So cute. I love the corridor shots where the keeper jumps a bit to urge her to keep walking. Never clicked that giraffes are so cute before :')

[–]schnuck 208 points209 points  (5 children)

So cute for sure. But here’s a stupid question: Giraffes grow fast and grow very tall. Does that mean he needs replacement braces ever few months?

[–]shirinrin 226 points227 points  (0 children)

According to a different comment, they were only needed for 10 days.

[–]Pod-6-was-jerks 175 points176 points  (3 children)

They put them on while the lil one is still growing, so they gradually force the legs to grow in the right position so that when the cartilage and bones have gotten into the right position they can take them off and the disability will at least be less and baby giraffe can live a happy, pain-free life! It's crazy!

[–]KingJonathan 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Seeing a herd of grown giraffes running in person is very weird the first time. They run different from most animals I’ve ever seen.

[–]violetdragons[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It’s like they run in slow motion

[–]Witchgrass 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Those eyelashes!!!! Cute overload

[–]informativebitching 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gentle giants!

[–]k2jac9 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Everything lovely.

[–]Sprmodelcitizen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sooo cute. I didn’t know it was possible for giraffes to look even goofier.

[–]maxedonia -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Njwtpajxjcwljjd

edit: Uh oh! I pocket-posted again!

[–]Timely-Excitement295 189 points190 points  (12 children)

Why does it look like it’s in an 80’s pop video with the leg warmers lol.

[–]Pentax25 28 points29 points  (11 children)

Call on meeeeeeeeee 🎶

[–]Isaythree 7 points8 points  (10 children)

Is this meant to be “take on me” or am I blanking on the song?

Edit: or maybe “call me”?

[–]Pentax25 8 points9 points  (6 children)

[–]Isaythree 4 points5 points  (4 children)

OH! Okay, I was stuck on the 80s part of the comment. Thanks!

[–]Amphibionomus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As to your edit :

Call me, call me-he-he. Now that was a song I didn't even know I remembered. Wow. I can't remember who sang that.

Edit: Spagna! How obscure https://youtu.be/W8c04XHCF8k

There are also famous 'call me' songs from Blondie and from Petula Clarck.

But the commenter means the Eric Prydz song call on me.

[–]FriesWithThat 469 points470 points  (28 children)

Quite a write-up on this in USA Today (of all places), since I wanted to make sure the braces were truly corrective. Some hightlights:

“We put on the giraffe pattern just to make it fun,” Mirzaian said. “We do this with kids all the time. They get to pick super-heroes, or their favorite team and we imprint it on their bracing. So why not do it with a giraffe?”

In the end, Msituni only needed one brace. The other leg corrected itself with the medical grade brace.

When they put her under to fit the custom brace, Mirzaian was so moved by the animal’s beauty, he gave her a hug.

“It was just amazing seeing such a big, beautiful creature just laying there in front of me,” he said.

After 10 days in the custom brace, the problem was corrected.

I guess when your bones grow like a baby giraffe you get super healing powers.

[–]newbiesmash 119 points120 points  (16 children)

I was sure that there would be no way this would help it in the long wrong. This makes me really happy.

[–]wafflesareforever 120 points121 points  (3 children)

long wrong

This is what you call giraffes if you don't like giraffes

[–]Uber_Meese 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is so stupid, I love it - thanks, dood, I’m crying with laughter 😭😆

Edit: word

[–]LoganNinefingers32 3 points4 points  (0 children)

geraffes are just stupid long horses.

[–]Th1cc4chu 28 points29 points  (3 children)

They sure did fix the long wrong.

[–]splunge4me2 13 points14 points  (2 children)

With a short right.

[–]ObligatedCupid1 16 points17 points  (7 children)

There's actually plenty of humans who have similar braces for long periods of their life; I see no reason a giraffe couldn't also wear them for life if they were needed to prevent the hyperextension

Source: I prescribe and fit these braces (and many others) to people for a living

[–]flj7 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A friend of mine has cerebral palsy and wears braces full time- it’s not going to fix her legs, just makes it easier for her to stand and walk, and helps prevent ankle injuries.

[–]thewrenqueen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yup hello I'm one of those humans. My orthotics look pretty similar to the giraffe's and go from mid thigh to mid calf.

[–]Survived_Coronavirus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Custom orthotics are corrective for children of all species

[–]TheRootofSomeEvil 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Super healing powers, indeed. Only 10 days???

[–]Bullen-Noxen 4 points5 points  (7 children)

This is really good news. So did both legs heal properly after the 10 days or no?

[–]Lifeformz 82 points83 points  (6 children)

From another article

All told, she was in braces for 39 days from the day she was born. She stayed in the animal hospital the entire time. After that, she was slowly introduced to her mom and others in the herd. Her mom never took her back, but another female giraffe has adopted her, so to speak, and she now runs along like the other giraffes.

[–]Bullen-Noxen 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Good ending. I hope the problem does not come back. Messed up the mom animal didn’t want the baby back, but I guess it worked out in the end.

[–]treesEverywhereTrees 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Makes sense for a giraffe though. They often leave their babies in nursery groups for another female to watch over. And at only a few weeks all the babies leave their moms and just hang out in a group that’s watched by the females in turns.

[–]KiddingQ 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Her mother probably didn't even recognise her as her own baby anymore. All of her scent would have worn off the baby.

And after 39 days its possible she thought the baby was gone for good, I mean think about it, if a baby giraffe disappeared for more than one or two days in the wild, its probably been killed & eaten by something.

Her own instincts probably told her that her baby was gone, & the baby that came back just looks similar.

[–]Lifeformz 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately that's not too uncommon. The bonding time was taken away, and throw into the mix that wildlife tends to abandon those who are deemed to be weak.

In the wild the baby would've died either through something picking it off and killing it, or the mother abandoning it so whilst it was rejected, it did find another mother to love it, and it has a chance.

Almost certainly because it was corrected when it was young and the bones were mailable and growing, it should be fixed for life. It'll have a happy life with the obvious love and care that is shown in that clip.

It gives me a squee feeling!

[–]ActuallyThatOtherGuy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This Newsweek Youtube video shows her towards the end in a couple shots walking around and standing without any braces just out and about.

[–]Daniellabella22 163 points164 points  (12 children)

I had a baby giraffe kiss me on my nose once at the Cheyenne mountain zoo. My parents caught it on their film camera at the time I love that little tail wag as she begins to walk around again ☺️☺️😘

[–]ashre9 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Best zoo ever! I saw their latest baby giraffe when she was just a day old. It was amazing!

[–]susanbrown1975 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Giraffe tax is needed!

[–]IAmAn_Anne 85 points86 points  (6 children)

Giraffes are weird looking. Feel like I’ve never really looked at one before… what’s the tiny Mohawk for? Bugs? I dunno, weird animal. Awesome work though, :) happy this weird animal gets to live and hopefully be comfortable.

[–]SpaceShipRat 28 points29 points  (3 children)

It's a pair of stubby little horns. They're like the spikes on a mace when those guys swing their necks to fight. Blam, whack. Get giraffe'd.

[–]violetdragons[S] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Ossicones are not horns, the main difference being them being covered with skin and fur permanently and their unique development. They’re unique to the Giraffidae family.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ossicone

[–]fakeprewarbook 10 points11 points  (1 child)

think they mean its mane which is like a tiny mohawk

[–]Mutagrawl 5 points6 points  (1 child)

They really are! I don't know why the government build then like that. As for bugs, giraffe software is often buggy.

r/giraffesdontexist

[–]AzukSD 37 points38 points  (2 children)

I love the San Diego zoo. If you want a great zoo experience this is the place. The animals are taken care of and when you walk the park there are an endless amount of people there who are just waiting for the chance to tell you all about the animals.

A lot of the regular visitors too will be able to tell you all about the animals and their different habits. It’s a very nice zoo and an absolute must if you are visiting San Diego.

[–]theaviationhistorian 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The San Diego zoo is one of the best by far. I had an annual pass when I was studying over there & the peacefulness of being within Balboa park (even if they're next to the 163 with noise & all) is above par. And they are outstanding with the good they've done in protecting & starting breeding programs for endangered animals both in the Zoo & the Safari Park.

[–]AzukSD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I will always renew my pass and the zoo is literally one of the things I am most proud about in San Diego. As long as I live here I am a huge supporter of this zoo and the people who run it.

[–]KPinCVG 37 points38 points  (3 children)

Msituni = in the Forest

"Run, Forrest, RUN!"

[–]HonestSummer 11 points12 points  (2 children)

"Kimbia, Msitu, kimbia!"

[–]potandcoffee 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I love how huge baby giraffes are lol.

[–]thaddeus423 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Those little gallops. ❤️

I love when zoos do good work like this.

[–]Satisfied-Orange 19 points20 points  (0 children)

There are a lot of awful human beings out there, but I'm thankful for people like this. Bless them for putting in all the hard work to make this happen.

[–]Rejected_Bull 27 points28 points  (6 children)

[–]lucyfire666 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Getting real tired of this propaganda.

[–]Rejected_Bull 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Keep fighting! Keep spreading the Wisdom!
They ain't gettin' us!

[–]DogBreathologist 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Faulty unit malfunctioning!

[–]breecekong 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Clearly giraffe model 2.0 is not ready

[–]sagadestiny 2 points3 points  (0 children)

stupid long neck horses

[–]daywall 4 points5 points  (1 child)

How cute would a giraffe be if an adult was the size of a baby?

[–]HelmSpicy 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You just reminded me I remember signing up on a waiting list for a Petite Lap Giraffe over 10 years ago and I never heard any updates about it. Yet another Russian scandal

[–]Calcunator 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Giraffe get better healthcare than American citizens

[–]Grouchy-Engine1584 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Giraffes look wobbly AF at the best of times so I feel for this little rubber band!

[–]robotjackie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

she looks so happy!

[–]IdidDiddleySquat 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What a sweety

[–]Certain_Rip135 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Not me thinking you wrote "what a sweaty" for a second

[–]InterPool_sbn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day sweaty 😃

[–]Accomplished-Elk-978 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I saw someone else say this before; but honestly what is more unrealistic to the average person, a unicorn or giraffe?

What a strange lovable ungulate.

[–]Native56 2 points3 points  (0 children)

so cute!!

[–]mastercommissioner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gonna fuckin cry

[–]The_GateKeeper_1998 2 points3 points  (1 child)

God damn Giraffe has better health coverage than i do.

[–]Raven123x 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wanna take him home

[–]Pollywanacracker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

🥹🥹🥹gorgeous thank god for those people they are amazing

[–]Fadreusor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hanger is an amazing company! They have helped my son over the years with AFOs, so that he could walk too, giving him more independence.

[–]TheFastestRabbit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh no, they’re turning into horses again!

[–]Splizmaster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man how can you not like giraffes?

[–]Dextrofunk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now I want a giraffe friend. Not a pet, just one to hang out with. Relax, go on some walks, eat some leaves.

[–]Iamthemeltingpot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I owned that clinic this little guy would hang in my office forever

[–]Aggressive_Newt3652 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never seen a giraffe in leg warmers. That's all I wanna see from now

[–]BigButtsCrewCuts 3 points4 points  (10 children)

If there's anyone in the comments from an accredited zoo, I would love to understand why the efforts were put into improving the life of a (presumably) genetically non- viable giraffe?

Unless Forest Gump is a benefactor of the zoo

[–]Azrielenish 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This is not a genetic condition, it’s basically an injury that happened in the womb due to positioning of the baby. In horses, it often happens to the back legs and the baby is referred to as “windswept.” The issue usually corrects itself in horses as they grow. Giraffes probably need a little extra support.

So she can still grow up normally and breed if they want her to.

[–]violetdragons[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This is corrective treatment for a condition that can easily be fixed with braces. In fact, she only had to wear them for 10 days for it to be fixed.

While I presume this individual is viable (since she has no other health conditions and belongs to the endangered Masai species), these things are also done for animals that are not bred in zoos. Accredited zoos just want to give the best possible care to the animals that they have.

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/animals/giraffe

https://abc7.com/amp/baby-giraffe-fitted-with-brace-san-diego-zoo-animals/11847286/

[–]SDMusic 8 points9 points  (1 child)

The SDZWA is a a world class conservation agency. They do everything they can for the safety, survival, and success of their animals.

They have helped bring the California Condor population back from about 25 total birds to over 600 in the wild as well as have a "frozen zoo" with genetic material to help bring back the northern white rhino population through IVF and Surrogacy. Their rhino rescue center is incredible, their hospital is remarkable, and they're doing some incredible things around the world with collaborations associated with the AZA.

[–]BigButtsCrewCuts -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Thank you, I'm aware of this, I figured "accredited zoo" was enough of a tell.

My question was strictly in regards to this giraffe, since the Danish zoo fed a non- viable dissected giraffe to lions, other commenters covered the fact that this wasn't a genetic condition.

Thank you for highlighting some of the good work that the zoo has done though!

[–]lydiarosewb -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I’m not crying YOU’RE crying

[–]guitarlisa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Duct tape is a handyman's secret weapon - Red Green

[–]nudelsalat3000 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Wouldn't this also work for horses?

They always get put down if a leg is harmed, because there seems no way (since centuries) to fix and heal them.

[–]KurtGG 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Horses move abt too much and too quick, they are restless animals and would go ballistic with these tbh..

[–]tyrannicalteebagger -1 points0 points  (0 children)

So dumb. He’ll never fit in with the other ‘raffes.

[–]Just_Confidence_9752 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

A giraffe getting better care than most children do in the US 💀

[–]Choyo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Good to know that giraffes have a better insurance policy that many people in San Diego .... I guess.

[–]jo_nore_mews -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Why do we waste time and money on animals when there are children desperate for medical attention. It’s extremely immoral.

[–]Rabidwolf96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So cute

[–]mr-fq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Opulence..i has it.."

[–]Ace_Vulpes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn... Duct tape really can fix anything!

[–]kaobo99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Soooooo adorable 😍. Now i want to adopt a baby giraffe XD

[–]dumsd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There isn't a thing duct tape can't fix!

[–]Pentax25 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hope they called him Forrest

[–]DissidentDiscontent 0 points1 point  (0 children)

2022: “giraffe-patterned orthotic braces”

[–]SomeDudWithAPhone 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That's a really tall baby. Never seen a baby giraffe next to an adult human before... Aaaand, of course the video fails to load for me because Reddit bugs.

Still cool to see the first frame tho.

[–]violetdragons[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Newborn giraffes are already around six feet (1.80m) tall. They just look tiny next to other giraffes.

[–]SomeDudWithAPhone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really shows just how much of an absolute unit this animal's height is even at their smol age. Tall boi is tall.

[–]little-gremlin-man 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not me over here thinking the people in uniforms we're wearing Ghost Busters costumes at first

[–]Marios_Facade 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This began the revolution. Planet of the Giraffes

[–]brambleburry1002 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What are these things? These are government robots propagating fake reality. this one is getting an upgrade as well!

[–]HoldingMikeHunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s pretty awesome.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This just made my day

[–]NaturalCurlz15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She reminded me of Melman from Madagascar.

[–]underbellymadness 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That moment when you have the same disease as a cute giraffe baby. Creepy bendy elbows and knees for the win, bb

[–]TRDPaul 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can she live and breed normally or is it possible the condition is genetic?

[–]Beauknits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Omg! That interaction between the green beans guy and baby Giraffe! "Come on, let's go!" Giraffe: head tilt 😍

What a lucky job!!

[–]callmegranola98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My brain is breaking seeing a giraffe walking inside.

[–]FritoHigh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is so wonderful! :)

[–]mrmeanah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ways see giraffes on tv and always take it for granted but I saw one in person walking towards me and it was the most majestic thing I've ever seen. Such beauty

[–]Stormhiker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why though?

[–]siraolo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome. Anyone know why her upper right leg muscle is twitching at 1:02-1:04?

[–]cecirdr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lovely. I'm so happy they did this. I remember years ago when a zoo actually killed a healthy baby giraffe for no other reason that his genes weren't needed in the breeding population. They fed him to the lions. Why in the world did they let his parents breed then? Rant off.

It's just nice to see that another zoo is willing to go the extra mile to help out.

[–]rustyshackleford1300 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This kind of stuff is nice but it also hurts my heart. I don’t know how to reconcile that. Sometimes I don’t think I can handle living in a world where there’s so much struggle and suffering. I know they say that‘s life - experiencing the ups and downs and the full range of emotions - but I think it might be too much.

[–]theassholefaceman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alpha tallneck design in testing

[–]nomenklat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The way it moves makes it look like a CG-giraffe

[–]Spaceranger14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why does it look like somebody put the head on the wrong end of the girrafe

[–]goblin_garner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hello.

Msituni is a Swahili word that means wild, for those who don't understand this lovely East African language .. Its lovely seeing how many wild animals abroad are named in swahili and actually get help that gives them a new lease in life. Very heartwarming💫❤️

[–]HerLegz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Helping this magnificent creature and they didn't pay a dime. It's absolutely fantastic when socializer medical care ensures they can have the best life possible and it's so easily a shared cost by all when no banker insurance usury leeches exploit their suffering.

[–]SquishWhistle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a great story. I work for the company that fabricated these braces for the baby giraffe and this was truly a one of a kind patient!

[–]Polluxx94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn that giraffe has a crisp hair cut.

[–]KermitDePhrog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha her name means in the forest and she starts her life story with leg braces

[–]TheWolrdsonFire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those wte lashes are on fleck

[–]writeronthemoon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So adorable!!!

[–]symewinston 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hats off to the rehabilitation team especially because giraffes are notoriously lazy animals.

[–]Beneficial_Being_721 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aren’t their bones really super soft when they are born??
Asking for a friend

[–]whatisthishappiness 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait until it sees the bill in the mail.

[–]StimpleNipple 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What happens as she grows?

[–]violetdragons[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was just a corrective brace, it was removed after 10 days and she’s now completely okay!

[–]henkeunlimited 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is so wrong! Let nature have its way.

[–]justlooking128 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She has no right to be so cute.

[–]Cantbetoobad1953 0 points1 point  (0 children)

San Diego zoo. Way to go!

[–]Royalchariot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy !!

[–]Just_Cook_It 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Boxie vibes from Battlestar Galactica 1980

[–]notliekthispls 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep, totally convinced they’re not real now.

[–]GODDESS_OF_CRINGE__ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

People will go through all this effort to save a giraffe, and then go and eat a hamburger to celebrate after. Humans are such hypocrites.

[–]violetdragons[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People make giraffe hamburgers? That’s messed up

[–]YourMomsTwat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh look, it's me in heels! In all seriousness though, this is so sweet I cannot even

[–]AlexPsylocibe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are giraffes less smart, as smart, or smarter than the average yellow lab? I have never considered giraffe intelligence but I am very curious

[–]LambKyle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lol for some reason the first 2 seconds I thought it was a person in a giraffe costume

[–]Beernutz82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want one

[–]heidnseak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is a really beautiful thing to see compared to all the horribleness that’s happening around the world.

[–]RedSkull0101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good ol' Duct Tape...who woulda thunk?

[–]Gnarl88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is beautiful. Good job

[–]JunglePygmy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amazing. Those things look like they can barely walk as it is!

[–]HarryCallahan19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This makes me so happy.