Tuesday 21 February 2017

Zoo's newest arrival sticks his neck out

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male Rothschild giraffe
Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male Rothschild giraffe

Dublin Zoo celebrated the birth of its newest resident - a male Rothschild giraffe.

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The male calf was born on October 25 and stands at 1.5 metres.

Staying indoors for the first few days, the calf ventured outside for the first time at four days old.

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 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."

The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe.

There are less than 670 remaining in the wild.

Male Rothschild giraffes grow to six metres in height and can weigh more than 2,000kg.

Irish Independent

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