Fluffy Friday

Whipsnade Zoo welcomes baby giraffe to their neck of the woods

Published Friday, Sep 12 2014, 02:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Zookeepers at ZSL's Whipsnade Zoo were in for a treat last month as they welcomed the new arrival of a gorgeous baby giraffe!

Just how cute is she!

Still unnamed this little girl arrived, thanks to mum Ijuma, on 18 August and after a shaky start on her own four feet, our long-necked friend seems to be settling into giraffe life just fine.

Baby Giraffe and mum kiss at Whipsnade Zoo
5 September

© ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

A mini-me of her mumma, this baby calf, just over 5ft tall, is already out making pals with the rest of the giraffes in the paddock.

But when she's not galloping around, she's lapping up all the attention from her mum and stealing kisses - how cute!!

Baby giraffe settles in at Whipsnade Zoo
5 September

© ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Speaking about Whipsnade's new arrival, keeper Mark Holden said it would be awhile until the baby calf can make full use out of that growing neck of hers and chomp into the high-branched trees nearby.

He said: "For the first couple of months she'll be getting her milk from mum but she'll soon start munching on greenery as well, and shooting up in size to catch up with the others."

Baby giraffe settles in at Whipsnade Zoo
5 September

© ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

She may be small right now, but according to Mark this little one won't be pushed around by her taller friends.

Apparently the baby calf is quite the feisty little madam and has had no trouble at all holding her own around the paddock.

You go, girl!

Watch Whipsnade's adorable new arrival in action here:

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