Rare Rothschild giraffe born at Chester Zoo

Millie the giraffe Rothschild giraffes are named after zoologist Lord Walter Rothschild

Staff at Chester Zoo are celebrating the birth of a rare giraffe.

The endangered Rothschild giraffe - which keepers have named Millie - is only a few days old and is already 6ft (1.9m) tall.

The zoo said there are less than 670 Rothschild giraffes left in the wild.

Chester Zoo's curator of mammals, Tim Rowlands, said: "Millie was up on her feet within just a few minutes of being born and she began suckling from mum not long after."

Rothschild giraffes

  • The species is identified by its broader dividing white lines and has no spots beneath the knees
  • Classed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Native to Kenya, Uganda and Sudan
  • In the past, giraffes were hunted for their tails, which were used as good-luck charms, sewing thread and even fly swats

He added he was "delighted with our newcomer".

The new calf is the latest endangered species to have been born in the last six months at the zoo.

Two endangered Asian elephants, two critically-endangered black rhinos, two critically-endangered Sumatran orangutans, an okapi and two giant otter pups, as well as Kanzi, another Rothschild giraffe, have all been part of the zoo's recent baby boom.

Rothschild giraffes are named after zoologist Lord Walter Rothschild, founder of the National History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire.

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