It Takes a Village

I’m currently watching April the 15 year old giraffe wander awkwardly around her pen in Harpursville, New York.  She is in labour, and any minute now I may get to see a 6 foot, 150 lb baby get delivered and drop 8 feet to the ground. Every now and again I have a flashback to the delivery room – a hand reaches over and feeds April some treats (ice chips) or medication (PUSH THE DAMN BUTTON!!!).  Reading the comments from fellow viewers I realize it takes a village.  Even if that village is a chat room full of trolls and David Attenborough fans.

My wife just dropped an elbow on me for comparing her to a giraffe. Be fair, the floor in the hospital wasn’t covered in wood chips.

Watching this  really makes me think of the wonders off life.  How do Giraffes even get pregnant? How does a pregnant giraffe make it through 15 months of gestation without a back massage or hoof rub? How on earth does a baby giraffe survive that fall???  Welcome to the world! *thud*

It makes me thankful we had the birthing experience we did – it could have been much worse.

Good luck April.  The next few hours are going to be rough, but then you get to take care of your newborn.  That’ll be rough too… but it gets better!!

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3 thoughts on “It Takes a Village”

  • I don’t know why mama giraffes don’t just lie down to give birth and save that newborn from a possible head injury! Someone needs to strap that giraffe down so she can labor and deliver in the supine position. Oh wait, but that might inhibit labor from progressing if she’s not able to walk around. Hmmm. Well if that happens, no worries because we can just give her some giraffe pictocin to speed labor along. Of course that synthetic hormone might stress her little giraffe out just a bit. Oh well, if that happens then we can just do a c-section and get the baby out for her. Now that I think about it, maybe it’s just best to leave things as nature intended! The newborn giraffes have survived that 8 foot drop for thousands of years 🙂

  • I’m loving Katrina’s comment above 🙂 Of course, it’s better for Giraffes they do it the way nature intended. 15 months pregnant though!! eek!

  • I’m so glad I’m not the only one watching the giraffe! I’m driving hubby crazy as I keep saying, she hasn’t had the baby yet! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

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