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Baby giraffe George and his mother Genevieve at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol

Baby giraffe George and his mother Genevieve at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol

Baby giraffe George who was born at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol

Baby giraffe George who was born at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol

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Baby giraffe George and his mother Genevieve at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol

Two love-struck giraffes have become parents for the first time.

After a 15-month pregnancy, George was born on Friday night at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol.

Proud mother Genevieve was in labour for just two hours and father Gerald watched as his son was born.

Lanky bachelor Gerald got together with Genevieve two years ago after a four-year international hunt for a mate. He had previously befriended an inquisitive goat called Eddie who shared his field, before Genevieve arrived from Eastern Europe in 2010.

The 16ft (4.9m) male could not believe his luck and quickly became smitten with his new 12ft (3.7m) girlfriend, with the pair seen strolling around their field together, much to the delight of zoo visitors.

Giraffe keeper Emma Green said: "I'm thrilled to say that the happy family are doing very well.

"Little George seems very healthy and relaxed, and has been feeding well from mum Genny over the weekend. He has his mum's markings, and seems to have inherited her good looks too.

"We're delighted for Gerald and Genny and look forward to watching George's development over the coming months."

Mother and baby will now be allowed their own space for a few months while George grows stronger.

They will be separated by a fence from Gerald, who will still be able to lean over to see and sniff his family each day.

PA Media