Staff at Paignton are making room for a new arrival after the arrival of this adorable giraffe.
The Rothschild calf was born to mother Janica on Thursday, but after rejecting him, he is now being hand-reared by keepers.
The baby giraffe, who has not yet been named, is already nearly six feet tall and will need to be fed four times a day.
He could need milk for up to nine months.
He has taken milk from us, he is getting the hang of it.
He is separated from the group but can see them all, for the first few days it is important to keep him separate to allow him to bond with the keepers so he feels comfortable enough to feed from them.
As soon as possible he will be reintroduced to the herd so he doesn’t forget he is a giraffe!
His father, Yoda, came from Givskud Zoo in Denmark, and arrived at Paignton in September 2006. Janica came to the zoo from Duvr Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic.
Paignton Zoo's newest giraffe is a baby girl, keepers have confirmed.
They say the as yet un-named calf is doing well but, because her mother would not feed her, she has been separated from the herd and is being fed from a bottle.
Matthew Webb, Senior Head Keeper of Mammals said:
“She is now feeding very well from keepers and is on 4 feeds a day, consuming up to 8 litres a day. This will increase slightly as she gets bigger, up to a maximum of around 10 or 12 litres a day.”
Zoo staff have yet to decide what to call the youngster.
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A baby giraffe is the latest arrival at Paignton zoo. The calf, which hasn't been named yet, stands at nearly six feet tall.
The new addition means the zoo has its first herd of giraffes since losing three of the animals in a fire six years ago.
This is the second of its Rothschild's species to be born at Paignton this year.
Proud parents Gerald and Genevieve have been enjoying the arrival of their new baby boy, George. Keepers say he's fit and healthy after being born on fathers day. He's just started taking his first steps. His mother was pregnant for 15 months.
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