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Photos: Belfast Zoo's New Giraffe

Welcome home

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On June 13, Belfast Zoo staff and visitors were delighted to welcome a female Rothschild's giraffe calf.

Big family

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The new arrival means that Belfast Zoo now cares for a herd of 10 Rothschild's giraffes.

Bath time

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Rothschild's giraffes are part of a European breeding program and are one of the most endangered of the nine subspecies of giraffe.

Strange new world

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Belfast Zoo's latest arrival, moments after the birth.

Inspection time

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The calf's name will be decided by a facebook poll. It is a tradition that Belfast Zoo-born giraffes are named after places beginning with 'Bally.'

Tall baby

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A baby giraffe measures 6 feet (2 meters) in height!

First steps

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The newcomer takes her first steps. Belfast Zoo is known worldwide for its success at breeding giraffes.

Proud Parents

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The calf was born to mother, Niamh and father, Finn. Finn arrived at Belfast Zoo from Fota Wildlife in February 2011 and this is his first calf.

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