Here's an amazing video to watch! It's just a bit graphic at one point, but then to see the little giraffe's first few shaky moments and eventually getting to its feet – with a little help from a very caring mum – will surely bring a smile to your face!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo released this video today (scroll down to watch it) showing the birth of one of their latest giraffes – the second in a week and one of four new baby giraffes so far in 2016.
At approximately 1pm on Saturday lucky visitors came across Tulli in the early stages of labour, then witnessed the calf’s birth on exhibit at approximately 2pm, a zoo spokesperson said.
Keepers have named the calf Zane, meaning "well born and noble" in Swahili.
“Tulli is a very experienced mother, very relaxed and is showing all the right maternal behaviours caring for her calf,” keeper Simone Low explained.
“Tulli was born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 1997 and has played a major role in the breeding program to date. It is hoped that in the future, once the new calf is old enough, that he will also play an important role in the regional breeding program,” Simone added.
Although giraffes usually give birth early in the morning the latest two have both been born on exhibit during the middle of the day.
Meanwhile giraffe Asmara gave birth on Tuesday, March 8. "She is the most outgoing female of the herd so we knew she would feel comfortable wherever she gave birth,” Simone said.
After monitoring the calf for approximately 40 minutes, keepers observed the youngster take its first wobbly steps before confirming the calf was a male. Keepers have named the latest calf Amahle meaning "beautiful one" in Zulu.
“Over the coming weeks, the two newest additions will start to become more confident and explore the rest of the exhibit with the other young calves which will be great to see,” Simone said.
Giraffe numbers in the wild have been decreasing over the past decade it is estimated less than 80,000 giraffe remain in the wild. The 30 per cent drop in numbers is directly due to poaching for bush meat and also habitat encroachment by farmers.
Watch a baby giraffe being born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo ...
This is amazing to watch! It's just a bit graphic for a second, but then to watch the little giraffe's first few shaky moments, and eventually get to its feet will surely bring a smile to your face! Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo released this video today showing the birth of one of their latest giraffes – making it four new baby giraffes so far in 2016. Congrats to all!Posted by Dubbo Photo News on Wednesday, 9 March 2016