GALLERY: Giraffe in a spot of bother

Written by admin on 19/06/2018 Categories: 南京夜网

Source: Daily Liberal
Nanjing Night Net

Father-and-son bonding went awry yesterday when a male giraffe calf born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on Friday fell onto an electric fence.

He was whisked away in the back of ute by zoo staff for some tender-loving care from mother Asmara and a veterinarian.

Senior keeper Pascale Benoit dismissed the possibility of the calf’s father Unami getting off on the wrong hoof with his youngest son.

In fact, she said, Unami appeared to be playing favourites.

“We put the young calf out this morning and again the male was showing a bit more interest in him,” she said

“Being new to the exhibit and new to the electric fencing he was pushed down into our moat where obviously he had a bit of contact with the electric fence.”

Ms Benoit said Unami was being curious, not aggressive.

“Giraffe are very inquisitive and even when a new calf is born, they’ll try and encourage it up by using its feet and nudging it, and sometimes they don’t realise what they’re doing and they can get a little bit carried away,” she said.”

“I think that’s what we just saw here this morning.”

Ms Benoit suggested the newest addition to the giraffe herd got a bit overwhelmed” when his 5.5 metre tall dad came by. The calf “just felt that little bit of pressure to move on, but moved in the wrong direction”, she said.

Ms Benoit said the calf’s life was not at risk.

Later in the day a spokeswoman for the zoo said: “The calf is receiving veterinary treatment and will be kept quiet in the night yards with his mother for further observation over the coming days.”

The giraffe calf is the second to be born at the zoo in the past 13 days.

Asmara’s sister, Tulli, gave birth to a male calf on June 19. Unami is the father of both calves, yet to be named.

“It is a very exciting time not just for the zoo but for the region in general because we’re one of the main breeders of giraffe here at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and we do relocate out animals to other institutions,” Ms Benoit said.

Late last week the public was invited to suggest names for the calf born on June 19, via the zoo’s Facebook page.

Almost 200 people have responded, many of them wanting to see the calf named after Nelson Mandela.

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

The male giraffe calf born on June 19 at Taronga Western Plains Zoo stands with the herd. Photos: LOUISE DONGES

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