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PHOTOS: Towering new arrival at Whipsnade Zoo

The six-foot-tall baby giraffe calf born on Remembrance Day has been named after WW1 poet Wilfred Owen.

The not-so-little one has been sharing some precious private bonding time with mum Luna and dad Bashu, before the youngster meets the rest of the herd at the UK’s largest zoo.

Deputy Team Leader Michael Hepher said, “Wilfred is Luna’s third calf and she has been a wonderful, attentive mum as always, alongside
dad Bashu, who has also been very caring - leaning down to lick and clean the youngster.

“We’ll be giving mum, dad and calf some quiet time in their behind-the-scenes barn over the next week, but they’ll soon join grandma Ijuma, sister Nuru and the rest of the close-knit, family herd who will show him all the vital giraffe skills he needs to learn.

“In the meantime, we wanted to give our visitors a sneak peek at our latest arrival, by sharing some pics and footage taken just hours after
Wilfred’s birth.”

See Wilfred for yourself!

Visit www.zsl.org/Whipsnade for more.

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