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Adorable baby giraffe hand reared by keepers after mother rejects him

The calf was rejected by his mother Janica Credit: Paignton Zoo

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.

The calf could need milk for up to nine months Credit: Paignton Zoo

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!

– Senior Keeper Craig Gilchrist
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The amount of gold top milk the calf will take in a day.
10%
The baby will take in around 10 per cent of his body weight in milk each day.

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.

Credit: Paignton Zoo

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Rare West African monkey born in Devon

The baby has yet to be named. Credit: Paignton Zoo

A rare monkey from an endangered species has been born at Paignton Zoo.

The male cherry-crowned mangabey was born in the early hours of last Sunday, and has been seen spending time with his mother Kibibi, father Yengo and brother Kumba.

His species his native to tropical West Africa, where it lives in large groups of up to 25. Cherry-crowned mangabeys are endangered by deforestation and the bushmeat trade, but also live in protected areas, including the Omo Forest Reserve in Nigeria, where Paignton Zoo supports a conservation project.

The baby has spending time with his family. Credit: Paignton Zoo

Orangutans at home on the tightrope

Orangutans in Paington Zoo have been treating visitors to an extra special show - by walking a tightrope.

Take a look at some of the pictures below which show Mali and her toddler Tatau balancing 20ft above the ground:

Not exactly a walk in the park... Credit: Paignton Zoo
Mali uses her long arms to balance Credit: Paignton Zoo
Two year old Tatau was also getting the hang of things Credit: Paignton Zoo
Lending a helping hand Credit: Paignton Zoo
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