Zoo keepers are keeping a close eye on a giraffe born at Paignton Zoo on Valentine's Day.

The new arrival was born at around 2:00am on Tuesday 14th February to mother Janica and father Yoda.

Senior Head Mammal Keeper Matt Webb said: "He did not suckle on Tuesday. We hoped mother and calf would settle down and he would be able to feed, but keepers and the Zoo's in-house vet team had to step in and feed him by hand.

"Mum is being a bit more attentive this morning, so we are hopeful that things will work out. We are on tenterhooks."

Mother and calf are not on show today, though the other giraffes are.

The as yet unnamed calf stands at nearly six feet tall. He is a little brother for Tonda, who was born in February 2010.

Father Yoda came from Givskud Zoo, Denmark, where he was born on 14th November 2004. He arrived in Devon in September 2006. Seven year old Janica came to Paignton Zoo from Duvr Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic. The Zoo’s other female is Sangha, six and a half, who came from Liberec Zoo in Slovakia.

They are all Rothschild's (Baringo) giraffes. Rothschild's giraffes are classified as Endangered - there is a European Endangered species Programme for the species.

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