Zookeepers have welcomed a baby giraffe to their neck of the woods at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Mother Savannah kept zookeepers guessing for weeks after her expected due date, finally giving birth to a female calf on 24 February. Keepers named her Nuru, the Swahili word for light.

Finding her feet

Nuru was born at 9am and, after less than an hour of wobbly attempts, soon figured out how to use her long legs to stand up to her full height.

She already measures 5ft 6in and is a fluffy, miniature picture of her 16-foot tall mum.

The calf is part of the European Endangered Species Programme that helps ensure the survival of endangered species in zoos across Europe.

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