Giraffes are a protected animal in many African countries.
MONTREAL – Granby Zoo welcomed its first baby animal of 2016 – a baby giraffe.
The calf was born around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
He’s the tenth baby born to Masaï, one of the zoo’s three female giraffes.
According to the non-profit organization, Masaï was also born at Granby Zoo – on April 26, 1990.
“He managed to stand up on all fours and tried to take his first steps,” said Hélène Bienvenue, a spokesperson with the zoo.
With less than 100,000 giraffes left in the world, the species is a protected animal in many African countries.
“With the birth of this baby, Granby Zoo is proud to participate in the conservation and protection of these animals,” said Bienvenue, adding that this is one of the organization’s main missions.
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