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Guy Brunskill

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Guy worked as a ranger for Londolozi from 2017 until the end of 2021. He grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ...

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on Giraffes Defend Dead Calf From Hyena Clan

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Wow! Incredible video footage. Amazing sighting and interaction between the animals.

What an incredible event! I would never have believed this giraffe behaviour!

Wow! What a story and the photos and videos are amazing. Thank you.

Amazing capture Guy! Who would have guessed that the giraffes would return to the remains of the calf, seemingly to protect it. Just when we think we have figured out animal behavior, something like this occurs. I love these posts as I learn something new most days!

Wow! Is there any evidence as to how the giraffe died? I’m curious if it died naturally of it’s injury or if it was killed because it was an easy target due to the broken leg. I suspect the latter, but would love to hear your thoughts.

That is incredible!! I know that giraffe mothers will defend their calves with ferocity, but for a whole journey to come to the defence of a dead calf is amazing! Definitely something unique!

Large or small, a broken leg for a giraffe can only lead to the inevitable doom. One wonders why the group of giraffes didn’t approach the young one earlier. Perhaps an instinctive knowing that nothing could be done? Wildlife leave so many unanswered questions for us to ponder. In some small way it’s a portion of the intrigue. But standing and scattering the foe over a obvious loss signals, to me at least, that last moment of honor…then life moves on.

Incredible video Guy! Do you know how the calf broke his leg? It must have been a very interesting sighting!

What a sighting, Guy. The last point you make about the strength in numbers ties in well with an earlier blog. Your fellow ranger wrote about buffalos and empathy. If anyone doubted the possible of animals being empathetic, your video and blog have removed all.

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Wow what an an amazing & tragic sighting that was Guy! I also didn’t know that giraffes would do that, but those hyenas were not giving up – circle of life can be harsh!

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