A rare giraffe has been born at a British zoo yesterday – and is already nearly 6ft tall.
The Rothschild’s giraffe calf has not been named yet as keepers at Paignton Zoo in Devon have still to find out its s*x.
Spokesman Neil Bemment said: “Mums give birth standing up so there’s a 6ft drop to the ground. It’s a hard way to start.”
Giraffe calves are the tallest babies in the world and can reach up to 20ft (6.1m) when fully grown.
They can stand and run within a few hours.
The gestation period for a giraffe is between 400 and 460 days.
There are now only around 670 Rothschild’s left in the wild.
Dad Yoda was born at Givskud Zoo in Denmark in November 2004 and arrived in Devon two years later.
Mum Janica came to Paignton Zoo from Duvr Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.