Thursday 19 April 2018

Dublin Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

Dublin Zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe Photo: Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe Photo: Dublin Zoo
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Dublin Zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe, the second new arrival at the zoo in the past month.

The new female calf follows the birth of a male Asian elephant calf announced last week.

The healthy giraffe calf was born last Tuesday and stands at over 6ft tall and weighs an estimated 40kg.

The newborn joins the rest of Dublin Zoo’s giraffes, including its mother Maeve and father Tafari, in the African Savanna.

Team leader at Dublin Zoo, Helen Clarke-Bennett said: “The giraffe calf is very lively and is engaging positively with the rest of the herd. Mother Maeve and her calf are healthy and Maeve is doing an amazing job of looking after the new arrival. We’re very excited about this addition to the Dublin Zoo herd and to see what the rest of the year will bring.”

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.

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