Rare Giraffe Born: Rothschild Giraffe Stands Up (+Video)

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 24, 2013 Last Updated: March 25, 2013
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Rare giraffe born: A rare, Rothschild giraffe was born last week at a facility in Connecticut.

A rare, six-foot-tall giraffe was born on Friday at a Connecticut zoological center, it was reported.

The giraffe’s 6-year-old mother, Petal, gave birth to a female calf at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn., while conservation workers watched, reported the Greenwich Time paper.

The calf is a rare Rothschild giraffe, considered an endangered species.

“She’s a great mom,” Marcella Leone, the head of the zoological center, told the paper in describing Petal. “She was very proud, trying to show off her newborn.”

Petal has already given birth to another calf, and staff noticed that she had already bonded with the newborn on Friday. Staff also said that she did not need any assistance in giving birth to the calf.

“It’s really astonishing how a huge animal like that … how delicately and in such a nurturing way she approaches caring for her calf,” she added.

The baby was born healthy and took its first few steps just a half hour after being born.

Rothschild giraffes were first named and categorized by Lord Walter Rothschild, a U.K. zoologist and a member of the wealthy Rothschild banking family, after he went to East Africa around the turn of the century during the 1900s. 

The giraffes have five horns instead of two and have a slightly different color than standard giraffes.

It is the most endangered of the giraffe subspecies.

As of 2011, there are around 450 specimens kept in International Species Information System-registered zoos.

There are only 670 Rothschild giraffes left around the world, according to the the LEO Zoological Conservation Center. They mainly live across Kenya and Uganda, but their numbers have dwindled due to poaching and habitat destruction.

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