Perth Zoo has celebrated World Animal Day with an adorable new arrival.
First-time mum Ellie has given birth to a male giraffe calf – the second born at Perth Zoo in the past month.
The new arrival is strong, healthy, and already more than 180cm tall.
No name has been given to the ‘baby boy’ yet, who weighs in at 74.6kg.
Perth Zoo took to Twitter to announce the exciting new arrival.
“Breaking News! At 3:30am Saturday morning, ‘Ellie’ gave birth to a male giraffe calf,” the zoo tweeted.
“As a first-time mum, Ellie needs time and space to adjust to motherhood, she is a nervous giraffe, so we need to take things extra slowly with her and her offspring.”
That means it may take some time before Ellie’s calf is ready to meet the zoo-going public.
It’s the first time there have been two giraffe calves at Perth Zoo at the same time.
The first calf, a female, was born to mum Kitoto and dad Armani at the Zoo on September 3.
The public has been invited to name Kitoto and Armani’s baby, with entries closing on October 7.
“Giraffe herd need some time to bond with the newest arrival before they introduce him to Zoo visitors, but the older calf is starting to explore outside the nursery and will be ready to meet visitors this school holidays,” the zoo said in a statement.
“Sadly, giraffe have suffered a 40 per cent population decline in the past 30 years, making breeding efforts more important than ever before.”
The two new calves are part of Perth Zoo’s giraffe breeding program to prevent extinction.