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Monday 24 July 2017

One giant step as baby Conan meets family

David Whelan

It was a tall order, but proud mother Roisin finally introduced her new arrival to the rest of the family members yesterday.

Born just 13 days ago, Conan the 5ft tall male basked in the attention as he was introduced to the rest of the nine giraffes in Fota Wildlife Park, Co Cork.

Conan is Roisin's ninth baby and could be her last, as she is now approaching the ripe old age of 21.

Head warden Willie Duffy said that he was delighted with the new arrival's progress.

"He is a strong little guy and that is why we are able to put him with the rest of the herd.

"We wanted to give him a name that matched his strength, so Conan the Barbarian came to mind."

Conan won't be the only baby vying for visitors' affections at the African Savannah in the park, as he competes with his four-month-old half-brother Setanta and Zedward the baby zebra.

"It's been a busy year up at the Savannah with two giraffe calves, a baby zebra and five ostrich chicks all arriving in the last four months," Mr Duffy added.

Irish Independent

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