Wednesday 13 December 2017

Giraffe gives birth to 18th calf

Jang-Soon the giraffe has given birth to her 18th calf at the Samsung Everland safari park in South Korea (AP Photo/Samsung Everland)
Jang-Soon the giraffe has given birth to her 18th calf at the Samsung Everland safari park in South Korea (AP Photo/Samsung Everland)

A giraffe at a safari park in South Korea has given birth to its 18th calf.

Officials at the Samsung Everland safari park in Yongin, in Gyeonggi-do province, said in a statement that the birth set a new world record.

They said the mother giraffe, Jang-Soon, previously shared the record with a giraffe in Paris. Past record holders also include giraffes from Melbourne and San Diego which had given birth to 16 calves.

Everland said it plans to have the record certified by a group that keeps a global database on zoo animals.

The birth yesterday came coincidentally on Jang-Soon's 27th birthday. The reticulated giraffe was bred in the Samsung Everland safari park.

Giraffes have an average life expectancy of 25 years, although captive giraffes live longer.

AP

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