The Kragga Kamma Game Park welcomed a baby giraffe to its family on Monday morning.
Ayesha Cantor, the park’s co-owner, said the birth was a “huge surprise”.
“I was doing the rounds and noticed one of the [mummy] giraffe’s tails sticking straight up, so I knew what was coming.
“We weren’t expecting it at all so being able to see it was a really good feeling.”
Cantor said the park welcomed about two new calfs a year.
“One of the interesting things to note is that when the baby comes out, it’s actually not as long a drop as one would think. The calf almost touches the ground.
“But the fall itself is almost the equivalent to a doctor patting a newborn baby’s bum. The fall helps with inflating the calf’s lungs,” she said.