Rare Baby Giraffe Welcomed At Connecticut Conservation Center

Category: Technology / Mar 26, 2013 3:18PM EDT
A baby Rothschild giraffe was born to the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut on Friday (March 22) -- the first giraffe to be born at the center. Both the baby and her six-year-old mother, Petal, are doing well. The baby, who is now nearly six-foot (1.8 metres) tall, can be distinguished by her lack of spots below the knee -- typical of the Rothschild species which is native to east Africa. The female giraffe is expected to reach a height of about 18 feet (5.5 metres) when fully grown. Rothschild Giraffes are one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies with only a few hundred found living in the wild. Zookeepers have decided to enlist the help of the public to name the new baby. The top five names from an online contest will be picked and written on five toys. Zookeepers will then let the baby giraffe pick which toy she likes best. Video Source: Reuters