Sunday 23 July 2017

Zoo's newest resident sticks her neck outside for first time

The new giraffe calf at Dublin Zoo, pictured with her mother Maeve. Photo: Courtesy of Dublin Zoo
The new giraffe calf at Dublin Zoo, pictured with her mother Maeve. Photo: Courtesy of Dublin Zoo
The one-month-old Rothschild giraffe has yet to be named
The calf pictured with her mother Maeve on her first day out of confinement since her birth

Shane Hickey

IT was a confident debut but mum was always on hand in the background just in case.

Dublin Zoo's newest resident, left, took her first steps into the limelight yesterday.

The one-month-old Rothschild giraffe -- who has yet to be named -- made a steady entrance into the African Savanna section of the zoo.

It was the first day she had been out of confinement since her birth after staff became concerned she may slip as a result of the poor weather conditions.

However, keeper Helen Clarke-Bennet was impressed when she finally made it outside and remained "very steady". But never far away was mum Maeve, above, who gave birth to the calf on November 4.

"The calf is doing well and we are delighted to see her first-time mum is being very attentive and is nurturing her new born with great care," Ms Clarke-Bennet said.

The public has been invited to help name the calf, based on her African origins, by sending suggestions to Dublin Zoo by post, email or their Facebook page.

Irish Independent

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