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The giraffe born at Paignton Zoo is thought to be a girl. The calf was born to mother Sangha on the morning of Wednesday 19th April. The moment was captured on video by staff.

Keepers are now 99% sure that the calf is a female. Although she is just two days old, she’s already being described as lively, boisterous, bold, confident - and, of course, incredibly cute…

Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling added: “She has long wobbly legs, a big soft nose and the biggest, darkest eyes you’ve ever seen. She is a totally gorgeous youngster!”

The Zoo’s giraffe house may be closed for a few days while mother and calf bond. It’s hoped that visitors may be able to see the calf in a few days. This is the tenth giraffe calf to be born at Paignton Zoo in seven years.

Paignton Zoo is part of the European Endangered species Programme for the Northern giraffe, which is officially classified as Endangered.

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