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How long does a baby giraffe stay with its mother?

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A male baby giraffe, or calf, stays with his mother for about 15 months after birth, while a female baby giraffe remains with her mother for approximately 18 months. Young males form groups with other males, but young females remain in the same herds as their mothers.

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How long does a baby giraffe stay with its mother?
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The gestation period for a giraffe is about 15 months. The mother gives birth from a standing position. A calf is about 6 1/2 feet tall at birth and weighs about 220 pounds. He stands up within an hour after birth and immediately begins suckling milk from his mother. Although a calf begins eating leaves at around 4 months of age, he relies on his mother's milk until he's 9 to 12 months old.

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