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Look zoo's here.. baby giraffe joy.

Byline: CHRIS SHERRARD

BELFAST Zoo has a super-cute new arrival - a baby giraffe.

Visitors got a surprise last week when they witnessed the birth of the endangered Rothschild's calf.

The latest arrival to the herd was born to mother Neja and father Finn.

Senior keeper Peter Cross said: "Neja gave birth outdoors with the rest of the herd and to the delight of many zoo visitors who got to witness the event.

"We were onsite throughout the birth to monitor the situation and to ensure everything went smoothly.

"Giraffes give birth standing up and the calf falls more than five feet to the ground.

"The calf learns to stand within 30 minutes after birth and can run just 10 hours later."

Peter added they have been giving the mother and calf time to bond since the birth so they have not yet had the chance to find out what sex the latest arrival is.

He said: "Belfast Zoo first became home to giraffe in 1988 and this is the 35th calf to be born at Cave Hill and Neja and Finn's third calf, showing the success of our conservation efforts.

"We are very proud of our Northern Ireland heritage and it has become a tradition for calves, born at Belfast Zoo, to be named after towns and villages in Northern Ireland which begin with Bally.

"Neja's last two calves, for example, were named Mena and Foyle.

Once we know what sex the arrival is, keepers will pick a name."

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BALANCING ACT Calf works on posture

WALKING TALL Proud giraffe family with new calf at Belfast Zoo

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Date:Apr 15, 2016
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