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The incredible moment a baby giraffe was born in front of amazed zoo visitors!

The Rothschild giraffe calf was born on Thursday afternoon in the middle of a busy half term afternoon.

A Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo. The calf was born to mother Sangha at about 2.30pm on Thursday 28th May, in the middle of a busy half term afternoon. See SWNS story SWNECK;  Senior Head Keeper of Mammals Matthew Webb: “We let her wander about and find her own place to give birth, rather than separate her off. She chose to give birth in the giraffe house, in front of visitors in the gallery and a crowd of excited keepers.” Births often happen overnight, but this one came with hundreds of visitors looking on.

 The calf was born in front of visitors 

While births normally happen at night, Sangha went into labour at around 14.30, giving birth shortly afterwards, in the middle of giraffe house at Paignton Zoo.

Senior Head Keeper of Mammals Matthew Webb: “We let her wander about and find her own place to give birth, rather than shut her in anywhere.

“She chose to give birth in the giraffe house, in front of visitors in the gallery and a crowd of excited keepers.”

Pregnant for between 400 and 460 days, the mother gave birth standing up, with the fall breaking the umbilical cord.

The calf is on its feet within a few hours and can be nearly six feet tall at birth.

Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Remote cameras showed the baby feeding from mother overnight.

“This morning keepers are hopeful that the baby is healthy and that Sangha will rear the calf, although it is very early days – we are still in the critical phase.”

Father Yoda came from Givskud Zoo, Denmark, in September 2006 while mum Sangha came from Liberec Zoo, in the Czech Republic.

The Zoo’s other adult female is Janica, who came to Paignton Zoo from Duvr Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.

The tower – group of giraffes- also includes youngsters Otilie, who was born in September 2012, Joanna, born in January 2014, both to mother Sangha, and Eliska, born to Janica in January this year.

All of the giraffes are Rothschild. The type of giraffe is classified as Endangered and there is a European Endangered species Programme for the species.

A Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo. The calf was born to mother Sangha at about 2.30pm on Thursday 28th May, in the middle of a busy half term afternoon. See SWNS story SWNECK;  Senior Head Keeper of Mammals Matthew Webb: “We let her wander about and find her own place to give birth, rather than separate her off. She chose to give birth in the giraffe house, in front of visitors in the gallery and a crowd of excited keepers.” Births often happen overnight, but this one came with hundreds of visitors looking on.

A Rothschild’s giraffe was born at Paignton Zoo

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