It's a girl: New giraffe brings zoo herd to 6

Monday 09 June 2008 16.14
Giraffe calf - Last June this male giraffe was born at Dublin Zoo
Giraffe calf - Last June this male giraffe was born at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo has confirmed that the giraffe calf born yesterday is a female Rothschild giraffe.

The calf was born at 2.20pm yesterday afternoon. She was monitored throughout the night and appears to be healthy and active.

At present, mother Susie is not letting the calf drink from her, so after careful consideration, keepers have decided to bottle feed the new arrival.

Dublin Zoo now has a total of six giraffes in its herd.

For the immediate future, the new calf will not be on view in the African Plains.

The Rothschild giraffe is the second most endangered subspecies of giraffe in the world. The population of this particular subspecies in the wild is measured in the hundreds.

There are 283 Rothschild giraffes in the European zoo breeding population.