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Baby Giraffe born at Chester Zoo ventures outdoors for first time

Baby giraffe 'Mburo’ born at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

A two-week-old giraffe calf has stepped outside for the very first time at Chester Zoo.

'Mburo’ who is already six-foot-tall held his head high as he made his first public appearance, venturing out with the rest of the herd including parents Dagmar and Meru.

'Mburo' was born two weeks ago at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

The birth of the calf was captured by the zoo’s CCTV on Tuesday 5 March and the calf spent the first few weeks of his life indoors as he spent time forging important close bonds with his mum.

Sarah Roffe, Giraffes Team Manager at the zoo, said:

Since being born just two weeks ago, Mburo has been spending lots of quality time with mum Dagmar and the rest of the herd. Now he’s really found his feet and his confidence is coming on leaps and bounds – his little personality is really starting to shine through.

“To see a young Rothschild’s giraffe calf strutting his stuff is really quite special – a real privilege when you consider that fewer than 2,650 remain in the wild.

For many years they have been experiencing a silent extinction and it’s important that we help raise awareness of their plight and continue to help boost numbers in the international breeding programme, as well as assist with conservation efforts in Africa.

– Sarah Roffe, Giraffes Team Manager