Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Animal Stories - The Pregnant Giraffe

Looking out across Lake Manyara, I see heads of graceful tall giraffes moving toward a shallow stream of water.  They stop occasionally and seem to be as interested in me as I am in them.  And then they continue on their journey.   
 
 A pregnant female is studying
the water.  She wants a drink but the water seems so far below her. 



She stands beside the stream and then turns to it spreading
her front legs and lowering her head.

She is not yet close enough.  She can just reach the grass on the other side. 

She parts her front legs, bends them more and turns.



    She drinks and drinks.




 
Water splashes as she raises her head.  She is wary and wants to see who is near.  This giraffe is out in the open and exposed.  I sense her fear and caution.  This land is dangerous for a solitary animal.
 
Another giraffe comes to the same area and instead of getting a drink as I expect, she stands beside the mother-to-be and stretches her long neck across the exposed back giving protection until the thirst is quenched.
  
Together they walk leisurely back into the parliament. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Animal Stories - The Pregnant Giraffe

Looking out across Lake Manyara, I see heads of graceful tall giraffes moving toward a shallow stream of water.  They stop occasionally and seem to be as interested in me as I am in them.  And then they continue on their journey.   
 
 A pregnant female is studying
the water.  She wants a drink but the water seems so far below her. 



She stands beside the stream and then turns to it spreading
her front legs and lowering her head.

She is not yet close enough.  She can just reach the grass on the other side. 

She parts her front legs, bends them more and turns.



    She drinks and drinks.




 
Water splashes as she raises her head.  She is wary and wants to see who is near.  This giraffe is out in the open and exposed.  I sense her fear and caution.  This land is dangerous for a solitary animal.
 
Another giraffe comes to the same area and instead of getting a drink as I expect, she stands beside the mother-to-be and stretches her long neck across the exposed back giving protection until the thirst is quenched.
  
Together they walk leisurely back into the parliament.