Pictures of the Baby Giraffe Born at Los Angeles Zoo

With Kicks so Powerful, She Could Decapitate a Lion!

While she stands pretty small at this point, Masai Giraffes are the tallest land mammal, reaching over 18 feet at adulthood! Shani was born to mom Naema, who still stands guard at the Los Angeles Zoo, and the lil one's already super expressive. While we've peeped other baby giraffes more recently, I still remember the species from that magical birth video from a few years back.

In addition to record-breaking height, they can run up to 35 miles an hour and lash out with a kick so powerful that it can decapitate a lion! Whoa, don't cross her path.

Giraffes communicate through posturing and other movements, especially the way tails move! Try to guess what the twosome is saying to each other in the gallery when you read more.

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