Rare okapi calf born at Hampshire Zoo

A rare and endangered okapi calf has been born at a zoo in Hampshire.

Marwell Zoo welcomed the baby girl, who keepers have named Niari, into the world two weeks ago.

First-time mum, Daphne, and Niari are currently out of the public eye while the newborn settles during the nesting period.

  • Video shows full birth of Niari

Okapis give birth to a single calf after a 14-month gestation period.

An okapi calf can be on its feet and suckling within half an hour of being born.

In the wild, the mother will leave her calf in a hiding place to nest, returning regularly to allow the calf to nurse.

Okapis are usually found in tropical rainforests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.