Australia Zoo welcomes baby giraffe
THEY say good things take time and that's certainly been the case at Australia Zoo, where Sally the giraffe has given birth to a baby daughteer after a 15-month pregnancy.
The new arrival came into the world at 12.15pm last Tuesday, May 10, but won't make her first appearance in pubic for a while yet.
The zoo's head of African animals, Manu Ludden, said she was proud of eight-year-old Sally and overjoyed about the birth of her second calf.
"We're thrilled to announce the birth of yet another beautiful, healthy baby giraffe," Ms Ludden said.
"She was born measuring just under two metres in height and was eager to get going straight away.
"She took her first wobbly steps about an hour after being born and started feeding from her mother five minutes later."
The new addition is the fourth giraffe baby to be born at the zoo in two years, with her sister Tulip and half-sisters Skye and Lily already gracing the African Savannah.
Ms Ludden said the birth was a major step in the zoo's giraffe breeding program as there were believed to be only 90,000 giraffes left in the wild.
"Sally is being really attentive to her new baby which is a great sign and they're both doing very well health-wise.
"All our giraffe are extremely sweet natured and are very relaxed around the new calf, but as with any family with a new baby, they are very inquisitive of our new addition."
"Sally and her new baby will be taking some time out to bond behind the scenes, but we will keep everyone updated on when the little one can be seen on our African Savannah via our website and social media pages."
The baby giraffe was born as Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors geared up to hold the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Los Angeles, where the new arrival's name will be chosen.
The gala is held in honour of Steve's legacy and will raise funds for the Wildlife Warriors charity, supporting conservation initiatives around the world including Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where giraffe are protected alongside critically endangered northern white rhinos, black rhinos, lions, elephants, zebra and more by K9 units, an armed ranger team and cutting edge anti-poaching drones.