Belgian zoo welcomes baby giraffe Twiga

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Minutes immediately after plunging two metres (6.5 ft) to the floor as his mother gave delivery, little one giraffe Twiga was frolicking spherical his pen as the most recent arrival at Belgium’s Planckendael Zoo.

“They drop down two metres since mother giraffes really don’t lie down,” stated zookeeper Sil Waumans.

“It is usually a terrifying instant to see regardless of whether they wander later on, but immediately after 20 minutes he was by now on his legs.”

Twiga, by now two metres substantial, is named immediately after the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s Twiga Tracker initiative, which follows giraffes’ movements across Africa applying satellite tags. Twiga is Swahili for giraffe.

The conservation charity estimates the amount of giraffes in the wild has fallen much more than 40 % in the final three a long time to just 100,000.

“It is a energetic little just one, he has by now hopped and galloped all around so it is pretty wonderful to see,” Waumans stated of Twiga, who can be noticed with his mother Barbie and 5 other household customers at Planckendael, 20 km (12 miles) north of Brussels.

Reporting by Megan Dollar Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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