Photos: Endangered giraffe born at Devon zoo


Endangered giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

Keepers have filmed the remarkable moment an endangered giraffe was born.

The Rothschild's female calf was born on Saturday afternoon but already stands at six feet tall. Source: Press Association.

Mother Sangha gave birth to the calf, which has not yet been named, at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

The delivery was covered on camera by keepers at the zoo, who today released a 52 second video.

Neil Bemment, curator of mammals at the zoo, welcomed the birth of the calf, which could stand and run around within a few hours.

It was born during the day, which is unusual but not unheard of. Giraffes mostly give birth overnight," Mr Bemment said.

Endangered giraffe Paignton Zoo

The calf was born to mother Sangha and father Yoda, aged 10.

The gestation period for a giraffe is between 400 and 460 days, after which the mother gives birth standing up - breaking the umbilical cord.

Father Yoda arrived in Devon from Givskud Zoo, Denmark in September 2006, while mother Sangha came from Liberec Zoo in Slovakia.

The zoo's other female is Janica, who came from Duvr Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.

Janica gave birth to Valentino in February 2012, while Otilie was born to Sangha in September 2012.

A male calf born to Janica and Yoga was born in August last year but died soon after.

The zoo's giraffes are all Rothschild's giraffe, which are classified as Endangered.

There is a European Endangered species Programme for the species.