Friday, 29 March 2013

Birth of a Rare giraffe in Connecticut zoo

A rare giraffe was recently born at LEO Zoological Conservation Center (LEOZCC) in Connecticut, and successfully stood on its own feet, as shown in the video below. The baby giraffe was born on Friday, March 22, 2013 via a 6-year old endangered Rothschild giraffe mother named Petal.

According to a reports available, nearly 6-foot tall rare giraffe Petal gave birth after the average 15 months of gestation period. The calf is the first giraffe to be born in the said zoo and possibly in the entire history of Connecticut. 

“Mom did it on her own. She’s a great mom. She was very proud, trying to show off her newborn.” Marcella Leone, director and founder of the center said. The rare giraffe baby appeared to be curious and is approaching humans early on in its first days of life.

Petal started to nurture her calf after she gave birth Within 30 minutes after the baby giraffe was born, it was seen trying to stand alone and eventually succeeded. It is being estimated to grow up to 18 feet tall, when it becomes a full grown adult Rothschild giraffe.

The rare giraffe, which can be found in Africa, was reportedly included in the IUCN Red List as among the endangered species, with notably less than 670 of its kind now left in the wild. 

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