heartwarming pictures show giraffe giving birth to baby before lovingly cleaning it

These heart-warming pictures show a giraffe giving birth before lovingly cleaning its baby.

The mother nonchalantly lowers to her knees before standing back up and the baby falls out on to its back.

The mother licks the new born calf before it takes its first steps

The mother licks the new born calf before it takes its first steps

Finally the new-born calf is licked clean by its mother before successfully taking its first steps in the world after several failed attempts.

Tour operator Andreas Knausenberger captured the miracle of birth after stumbling on it by accident during a safari in Masai Mara, Kenya.

The giraffe kneels down to give birth to the calf

The giraffe kneels down to give birth to the calf

The 32-year-old German said: “It was so special – I’ve never seen anything like this before.

“When we approached the giraffes we noticed something dark hanging out of one of their backs and we immediately realized she was in labour.

“Not to disturb them we waited a good distance away and it was really interesting to watch the others guard the one in labour as there were some hyenas sniffing around.

Tour operator Andreas Knausenberger captured the miracle of birth after stumbling on it by accident

Tour operator Andreas Knausenberger captured the miracle of birth after stumbling on it by accident

“After about 30 minutes the baby came out bit by bit and finally fell about two metres on to its back.

“Only 15 seconds later, the new-born lifted its head and the mother started cleaning it carefully.

“After another half an hour – and several failed attempts – the baby finally managed to get up on its long feet and started looking for milk.”

Andreas is the managing director of Extrakt Exclusiv Travel a tour operator specialising in safari trips around the world.

He said: "It was so special - I've never seen anything like this before."

He said: “It was so special – I’ve never seen anything like this before.”