Mosi, the newborn Masai giraffe, that we introduced to the world after his birth in captivity, ventured out with his mother on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna for the first time at Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World.
The Masai Giraffe, also known as the Maasai Giraffe or Kilimanjaro Giraffe, is the largest subspecies of giraffe and the tallest land mammal. It is found in Kenya and Tanzania. The Masai Giraffe has jagged spots on its body. It also has a short tassel of hair on its tail. The bony outgrowths of the male’s skull superficially provide the appearance of up to 5 ossicones (Ossicones are similar to the horns of antelopes and cattle, save that they are derived from ossified cartilage). The dominant male’s spots tend to be darker in colour than those of other members of its herd.
About 50–75% of the Masai giraffe calves die in their first few months due to predators. Even though many calves die, the mothers will stab predators such as hyenas or lions with their sharp hooves. This will critically injure or kill a predator quickly; the Masai Giraffe’s kick is strong and will crush a lion’s skull or shatter its spine.
For Photos of Mosi go to the article on My Take on Disney