Unfortunately, Msituni’s legs were not the only issue with her health. Following her delivery, the baby giraffe had several serious illnesses and required intravenous antibiotics for blood defects. To straighten out the odd placement of her back legs, Msituni’s caregivers gave her specialized hoof extenders.

All of the calf’s therapies were effective. Msituni is no longer on antibiotics, her braces have been removed, and her legs are now in ideal position. The calf can stand and walk more comfortably now, and its strength is increasing.

Giraffe leg braces

CREDIT: KEN BOHN/SAN DIEGO ZOO

The Masai Mara’s resident giraffe, Msituni, has established a reputation as one of the park’s top attractions. Her wildlife care professionals decided to introduce her to the rest of the giraffe herd in East Africa savanna habitat recently.