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Newborn giraffe is lovingly raided by his parents when they clean him with tongues in South Africa

A kiss in the neck: Newborn giraffe is lovingly chewed by its proud parents when they clean it with their tongue

  • Images were taken on private estate in Mpumalanga, South Africa, by project manager Victor Soares
  • He arrived late for delivery, but shot the tender moment just after, when the calf was being cleaned
  • Mr Soares is originally from Johannesburg, but now lives in London and had a ‘boring’ day when he was told about the upcoming birth

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This is the moment when a newborn giraffe seems to get a kiss on the head from its loving parents.

The image was taken on the plains of a private wildlife farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa, by project manager and amateur photographer Victor Soares who was invited to the estate.

Although he arrived late for delivery, Mr. Soares shot a tender moment just after the mother and father cleared the baby.

This is the moment when a newborn giraffe seems to get a kiss on the head from its loving parents. The photo was taken on the plains of a private wild animal estate in Mpumalanga, South Africa, by project manager and nature photographer Victor Soares

This is the moment when a newborn giraffe seems to get a kiss on the head from its loving parents. The photo was taken on the plains of a private wild animal estate in Mpumalanga, South Africa, by project manager and nature photographer Victor Soares

In one of the photos the calf seems to get a soft kiss on the forehead.

In another, the calf leans to one of its parents while it keeps cleaning it.

In all photos the calf is still in the grass.

Mr. Soares, 46, now based in London, took the photos a few years ago when he still lived in Johannesburg, where he came from.

He said he had a ‘boring’ day at work – he was a representative for an engineering firm at the time – when a customer living in the nature park asked him if he had ever seen a giraffe give birth.

He was then invited to the estate, which is approximately 300 kilometers from Johannesburg, to experience the incredible moment.

He said: “I could not believe what he said, but I knew that he was an avid follower of my photography and I also knew that he lived on a private estate in Mpumalanga – I had been there before.

“I left work, ran home, called my wife (super excited) and told her what I was up to. She became as excited as I was and wished me luck. “

Although he arrived late for delivery, Mr. Soares shot a tender moment just after the baby was cleared by his father and mother

Although he arrived late for delivery, Mr. Soares shot a tender moment just after the baby was cleared by his father and mother

Although he arrived late for delivery, Mr. Soares shot a tender moment just after the baby was cleared by his father and mother

Mr. Soares, 46, now based in London, took the photos a few years ago when he still lived in Johannesburg, where he came from. He said he had a 'boring' day at work when a customer invited him to witness the birth

Mr. Soares, 46, now based in London, took the photos a few years ago when he still lived in Johannesburg, where he came from. He said he had a 'boring' day at work when a customer invited him to witness the birth

Mr. Soares, 46, now based in London, took the photos a few years ago when he still lived in Johannesburg, where he came from. He said he had a ‘boring’ day at work when a customer invited him to witness the birth

Mr. Soares said that as soon as he arrived, he was told that he had missed the moment of birth by about 15 minutes.

However, he took his camera to the scene and was able to capture the tender images of his vehicle, although at first he couldn’t see the calf at all because it fitted into the terrain.

“I couldn’t see it! From my vantage point, in the vehicle, I couldn’t get a corner on it and assumed that a brownish bump near the giraffe’s legs was part of the terrain, “he said.

Mr. Soares said that as soon as he arrived, he was told that he had missed the moment of birth by about 15 minutes

Mr. Soares said that as soon as he arrived, he was told that he had missed the moment of birth by about 15 minutes

However, he took his camera to the scene and was able to capture the tender images of his vehicle, although at first he could not see the calf at all because it merged with the terrain

However, he took his camera to the scene and was able to capture the tender images of his vehicle, although at first he could not see the calf at all because it merged with the terrain

Mr. Soares said that as soon as he arrived, he was told that he had missed the moment of birth by about 15 minutes. However, he took his camera to the scene and was able to capture the tender images of his vehicle, although at first he could not see the calf at all because it merged with the terrain

“I expected to see a bright, brand new, orange guy. Within a few minutes, the young raised its tired head and the mother began to tidy it up.

“This took about 5 minutes and I managed to shoot away and take some good photos.

“The mother left when another giraffe entered and inspected the newborn and seemed to give the stamp of approval and acceptance with a series of kisses and nudges that I managed to catch again.

‘I stayed for a few minutes, but then had to go back to work, so had to leave. All in all, I spent a great time working, taking pictures and witnessing a new life that entered the world.

“An incredible experience,” he added.

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