This is the moment a loving mum giraffe cares for her little calf several days after it was born at a US zoo.
The baby giraffe was born at Dallas Zoo in the US state of Texas and it weighs 160 lbs and is just under six feet tall.
A Dallas Zoo spokesperson told Real Press that the birth, which took place on 29th July, went smoothly and that it was Betty the mother’s first calf.
The spokesperson added: “Betty is already proving to be an affectionate and attentive mother.”
In the footage, Betty is seen washing the cute calf with her tongue before breastfeeding it.
Dallas Zoo told Real Press: “The calf stays close to its mum, but it is slowly getting to know the rest of the group including its half-brother Kendi that was born on 2nd May.”
Betty is five years old and arrived from Jacksonville Zoo in 2016 as part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP).
The zoo explained: “The SSP manages the population of endangered species, like the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), in human care with the aim of conserving genetic diversity and ensuring the long-term survival of the species.”
The calf’s father is 13-year-old Tebogo which came to Dallas Zoo in 2010 from the African Safari Wildlife Park in Ohio also as part of the SSP.
The zoo told Real Press: “Tebogo is very curious about the new calf and is a very sweet, outgoing giraffe that loves the company of his keepers and zoo visitors”.
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Story By: Marija Stojkoska, Sub-Editor: Alex Cope, Agency: Real Press
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