Perth Zoo’s family has expanded with the arrival of a strong, healthy male giraffe calf late Monday afternoon.
Less than 24 hours old, the calf is in the night quarters, or ‘giraffe nursey’ as the zoo gives the herd a chance to bond.
The little male was born to mother, Kitoto at 3.04pm after a two and half hour labour . Both mum and bub are doing well and were bonding behind the scenes in the giraffe nursery.
Straight after birth, Kitoto was seen licking and grooming her new calf and he was up standing and testing his wobbly legs after just 20 minutes. In another great sign, the calf was suckling and feeding from mum within the first hour after birth.
This is the second calf born to Kitoto and the zoo’s bull Armani as part of a coordinated effort by Australian zoos to breed these majestic creatures to help fight extinction. Giraffe numbers in the wild have plummeted to fewer than 80,000.
For the next few weeks the giraffe herd will be spending time bonding with their adorable infant, who stands about 169 centimetres in height.