'The herd was very attentive each step of the way' - Dublin Zoo celebrates new giraffe calf
Published 05/11/2015 | 14:04
Dublin Zoo's new giraffe calf already has his posing down to a tee.
The male Rothschild giraffe is less than two weeks old and he already knows how to work the camera.
The calf, born on Sunday, October 25 at 10.30pm, stands tall at 1.5 meters and weighs an estimated 45kg.
Staying indoors the first few days, the calf ventured outside for the first time at four days old.
The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe.
Rothschild male giraffes grow to six metres in height and can weigh over 2000kg. Fewer than 670 remain in the wild.
This giraffe joins a herd of eight at Dublin Zoo.
“The calf was born in the giraffe house with the other female members of the herd present," team leader at Dublin Zoo, Helen Clarke-Bennett said.
"The team watched the birth unfold on our closed circuit cameras.
"The birth took over an hour and we noticed that the herd was very attentive each step of the way. We’re very excited about this addition to the Dublin Zoo herd.”