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Five things you maybe didn't know about giraffes

Belle the baby giraffe was born at South Lakes Wild Animal Park last week.

She's the first West African Giraffe to be born in the UK and is part of an endangered species as there are only around 450 in the world and a handful in captivity.

But, what do you know about giraffes? Here are a few facts you can use to impress your friends.

  • Baby giraffes are usually born about 6 ft tall.
  • They have a long drop into the earth, which wakes them up so they're on their feet in half an hour and running in a day. This protects them from predators.
  • Their neck has the same number of bones as ours. They're just bigger.
  • The tongue's black to protect from sunburn because they spend most of the day eating.
  • They only sleep for 20 minutes at a time. Belle sleeps a lot more!

Baby giraffe latest resident at Cumbrian animal park

Belle is the first West African Giraffe to be born in the UK Credit: ITV News Border

A baby giraffe, the first to be born in a UK zoo, has been born at South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

Visitors have been flocking to see the baby giraffe, who's been named "Belle", meaning beautiful in French.

She will eventually move on to a new home when she's old enough

Here name means 'beautiful' in French Credit: ITV News Border
She has a French Mum and will move on from South Cumbria when she's old enough Credit: ITV News Border
West African Giraffe's are endangered as there are only around 450 in the world Credit: ITV News Border

Baby giraffe 'is so cute'

A baby giraffe has been born at South Lakes Wild Animal Park.

Belle is the first West African Giraffe to be born in the UK. They're endangered as there are only around 450 in the world and a handful in captivity.

She has a French Mum and will move on from South Cumbria when she's old enough.

Bosses at the park hope she'll encourage more people to visit and support its conservation work, and it seems to be working. Her fan's are growing in number by the minute.

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