Your having a giraffe! Touching moment escaped domestic bunny becomes friends with wild giraffe!
It’s hardly the classic outback scene that wildlife photographers expect to snap on safari – but this is the bizarre moment a giraffe appears to make friends with a domestic bunny rabbit.
South African photographer Ayesha Cantor, 49, was taking a game drive around Kragga Kamma Game Park, near her home, when she stopped to take some pictures of giraffes basking in the setting sun.
She noticed one giraffe seemed to be preoccupied by something on the ground – and was amazed when she realised it was a domestic rabbit.
Ayesha said: “My daughter and I were taking a late Sunday afternoon game drive around the park. The light was lovely so on coming across a group of giraffe I stopped to snap a few sunset giraffe pics.
“One giraffe kept bending down, we did not immediately realise why he was doing that. And then we saw the bunny.
“It really looked like a domestic rabbit, and there are a few houses which neighbour the park, so we assume that it was an escapee.
“It’s really remarkable that it had managed to survive.
“We were fascinated and delighted by its interactions with the giraffe. The bunny seemed totally unfazed and even comfortable and relaxed under the feet of the giraffe.
“”At one stage he even rolled onto his back as though expecting a tummy tickle. The giraffe was very gentle and also seemed curious, and playful, scampering with head tosses after the bunny when he moved along.
“It was astonishing and utterly delightful, not a scene I would expect to see, but I thought it was lovely that a domestic and a wild creature have seemingly formed some kind of unlikely connection and friendship.
“It’s a miracle really that it has survived in the park. Being of domestic stock it would not have the same survival instincts that a wild rabbit would have. Predators like jackal and caracal would have and should have made short work of it by now…maybe Mr Giraffe really does do a good job of keeping his buddy safe.”