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Baby giraffe born at US zoo to boost threatened species

Published 23/11/2016

A baby female Masai giraffe, as yet unnamed, nuzzles her father Phillip at the Los Angeles Zoo (AP)
A baby female Masai giraffe, as yet unnamed, nuzzles her father Phillip at the Los Angeles Zoo (AP)

A baby Masai giraffe has been born at Los Angeles Zoo in a boost for the endangered species.

The zoo announced this week that the female giraffe was born on November 9, the third baby born to mother Hasina and the first for the father, Phillip.

The calf, unveiled for the media on Tuesday, stands nearly 6ft tall and weighs around 130lb. She does not have a name yet.

When she is grown, the new arrival could stand 17ft tall.

The parents were paired in a breeding programme designed to save the threatened species.

AP

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