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Towering New Arrival At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo  

New child giraffe calf born on Remembrance Day named after WW1 poet Wilfred Owen 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has shared lovely behind-the-scenes pics of its towering new arrival – a six-foot-tall child giraffe born on Remembrance Day (Friday 11 November).  

Named Wilfred after the famend WW1 poet Wilfred Owen, unique pictures and pictures taken by keepers present the not-so-little one sharing some valuable non-public bonding time with mum Luna and pa Bashu, earlier than the teenager meets the remainder of the herd on the UK’s largest zoo.  

Deputy Crew Chief Michael Hepher stated, “Wilfred is Luna’s third calf and she or he has been an exquisite, attentive mum as at all times, alongside dad Bashu, who has additionally been very caring – leaning all the way down to lick and clear the teenager.  

“We’ll be giving mum, dad and calf some quiet time of their behind-the-scenes barn over the subsequent week, however they’ll quickly be a part of grandma Ijuma, sister Nuru and the remainder of the close-knit, household herd who will present him all of the very important giraffe expertise he must be taught.  

4 Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL

“Within the meantime, we wished to present our guests a sneak peek at our newest arrival, by sharing some pics and pictures taken simply hours after Wilfred’s delivery.”  

Giraffes give delivery standing up, that means kids are welcomed to the world with a two-metre fall to the bottom. Zookeepers saved a detailed eye on mum Luna all through her 15month being pregnant and ready a deep layer of bedding once they knew labour was imminent. Wilfred took his first wobbly steps inside an hour of being born, and instantly started suckling from doting mum Luna. 

8 PORTRAIT Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL

Keepers and conservationists at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are celebrating Wilfred’s arrival as a significant addition to the worldwide conservation breeding programme (EEP) for reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), a species labeled as Endangered by the IUCN Purple Listing.  

Michael added: “It’s at all times great to fulfill a brand-new member of the herd however there’s further significance to Wilfred’s delivery, as his arrival boosts the variety of this stunning, Endangered species. 

6 Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL

“He’s actually a giant boy – the largest new-born giraffe I’ve ever seen. We haven’t formally measured him but, however he’s undoubtedly taller than me and I’m six-foot!”  

Guests to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this festive season will be capable to see Wilfred, Luna and the remainder of the herd, alongside the conservation zoo’s 10,000 different animals. To ebook a ticket and assist the Zoo’s international conservation work, go to www.zsl.org/Whipsnade.  

2 Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL
2 Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL
2 Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL
2 Wilfred giraffe calf first look at Whipsnade Zoo c ZSL

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