Bel­gian zoo wel­comes baby gi­raffe Twiga

The Borneo Post - - WORLD -

BRUS­SELS: Min­utes af­ter plung­ing two me­tres to the ground as his mother gave birth, baby gi­raffe Twiga was frol­ick­ing round his pen as the new­est ar­rival at Bel­gium’s Planck­endael Zoo.

“They fall down two me­tres be­cause mother gi­raffes don’t lie down,” said zookeeper Sil Wau­mans.

“It is al­ways a scary mo­ment to see whether they walk af­ter­wards, but af­ter 20 min­utes he was al­ready on his legs.”

Twiga, al­ready two me­tres high, is named af­ter the Gi­raffe Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion’s Twiga Tracker ini­tia­tive, which fol­lows gi­raffes’ move­ments across Africa us­ing satel­lite tags. Twiga is Swahili for gi­raffe.

The con­ser­va­tion char­ity es­ti­mates the num­ber of gi­raffes in the wild has fallen more than 40 per­cent in the last three decades to just 100,000.

“It is a lively lit­tle one, he has al­ready hopped and gal­loped around so it is very nice to see,” Wau­mans said of Twiga, who can be seen with his mother Bar­bie and five other fam­ily mem­bers at Planck­endael, 20 km north of Brus­sels. — Reuters

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