Watch a Mother Giraffe Protect Her Baby From a Group of Hyenas Lurking Nearby

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 29, 2023

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As most mothers are in the wild, they are protective of their babies within the first year. Animals of all different species will go to great lengths to protect them from harm. Let’s watch this mother giraffe in the video above protect her baby in the face of great danger. 

Giraffe Sighting in Africa

The following YouTube video at the top of this blog post takes us to Africa. The Incredible Wild Animals Sighting Channel posted this video earlier this month, and has received over 1,000 views. 

Pack of Hyenas Hunting Giraffe

At the start of this video, we see a heart-breaking scene–a lame young giraffe. One of its ankles has apparently snapped so that it is dragging its hoof behind it. While the animal seems to have adjusted to its predicament and is able to walk without too much difficulty on its three good legs, it’s obvious that this youngster would be a prime target for predators. Soon, we see a hyena eyeing the giraffe as it is strolling about. A hyena or pack of hyenas would definitely consider a lame youngster as a target for their next meal.

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The hyena’s pace picks up as the giraffe crosses a dirt road, and we hear the videographer exclaim, “Uh oh.” The video then pans to another scene where two or more hyenas are now chasing the youngster. Luckily, the towering, protective mother steps in, intimidating the hyenas. She curves her neck down in a protective gesture, checking that her calf is okay. The calf nestles itself under her, and the hyenas retreat.

A baby giraffe is called a calf. And how this calf is lying down gives us the understanding that it might be hurt somehow. The mother giraffe knows the only thing she can do to protect it from the jaws of predators lurking nearby is to stand over it. 

Even though these hyenas can potentially attempt a grab on the baby, they know better than to try and take down a mature giraffe. In reality, what these hyenas want is the calf. It’s an easy kill and enough for them to eat. However, with this mother protecting her young, they know it would be dangerous to attempt to attack.

Are Giraffes Strong?

Male giraffe kick the female giraffe

Giraffes can run up to 30 miles per hour.

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When we think about a pack of hyenas and the king of the jungle, we can’t help but wonder, just how strong are giraffes? And the answer is that they are solid! Not only are they strong because of their size, but they also have one vicious kick.

Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) of the genus Giraffa are the tallest land animals alive. They weigh anywhere from 1,200-4,200 pounds and can reach incredible heights of 20 feet tall. 

A giraffe kick has a powerful force of 2,000 PSI (pound per square inch.) This amount of force has been known to kill a lion

These predators skulking nearby knew that the combination of the size and kick of this giraffe was enough to make them think twice about attacking. So, they held back and didn’t provoke this mama. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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