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Watch: birth of baby giraffe captured at Belfast Zoo

After a long pregnancy of around 15 months, Daisy the Rothschild’s giraffe has given birth to Belfast Zoo’s newest addition.

Daisy began to labour during the morning of Thursday, June 20 2019. Visitors to the zoo were able to witness the first few hours of labour.

The giraffe gave birth naturally with no medical intervention, however the new calf will be monitored by the zoo’s veterinary and keeping teams.

The endangered calf, as yet unsexed and unnamed, was born to nine-year-old Daisy and 11-year-old father, Finn. This is the second calf for the pair; their son Gilbert was born in 2017 and is still part of the herd at Belfast Zoo.

Zoo curator Raymond Robinson said: “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome a new endangered Rothchild’s giraffe calf to the herd at Belfast Zoo. Keepers first noticed signs of labour during the morning and monitored mother, Daisy, throughout the day.

“Giraffes give birth standing up with front feet delivered first, followed by the head, neck, shoulders and finally back legs. Daisy and her calf will now spend some time together inside to bond and the calf will be monitored by the zoo’s veterinary team and keeping staff. This is Daisy’s second calf, measuring over five feet tall and it has already taken its first steps.”

Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only small numbers remaining in protected areas in Kenya and northern Uganda. Some estimates suggest less than 1600 remain in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss.

Belfast Zoo first became home to this species in 1988 and has now celebrated the arrival of 35 giraffe calves.

Visitors can see the new calf and its herd at Belfast Zoo every day from 10am. For more information visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk.

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