Love is in the air in the Okavango Delta, as this incredible video of a couple of mating giraffes shows.
Captured by tourist and MD Gunnar Heilmann and shared with LatestSightings.com, the intimate moment gives us a seldom-granted glimpse into the reproductive antics of the languid, elegant African mammals.
“We were lucky to get to watch them for around 20 minutes,” says Heilmann. “I have seen lions mating on numerous occasions but the giraffe was really special because it is such a rarity. I still get goosebumps.”
The world’s largest ruminants have extremely long gestation periods of around 15 months, during which the females refuse to mate at all.
“Between pregnancies, the females are ready to mate with a suitable male, but only for a brief period every two weeks,” adds the website.
Giraffes are noted for their spectacular birthing, which sees the newborn fall nearly two metres to the ground. Incredibly, it’s able to run within hours!
Mating, on the other hand, is more about climbing than falling, as this video shows. Have a watch below: