Thu. May 19th, 2022

Perth Zoo’s new giraffe calf is hand-bred by staff after he was rejected by his mother.

The still nameless male calf was born last Saturday to first time mother Ellie.

But motherhood has proven to be a daunting task for Ellie, who has not allowed her 180cm newborn nipple.

Keepers placed the calf with the lactating female kitty, hoping she would receive him, but she also rejected him.

Perth Zoo's new giraffe calf has been rejected by his mother Ellie, but will be hand-raised by zoological staff.
Camera iconPerth Zoo’s new giraffe calf has been rejected by his mother Ellie, but will be hand-raised by zoological staff. Credit: Perth Zoo/Delivered

Instead, the calf is bottle-fed with a specialized formula by expert zoologists to keep him strong and healthy.

A spokeswoman for Perth Zoo described the decision to bottle-feed the calf as a “massive business”.

“While this is not our preferred outcome (mother breeding is always best), it is something we prepare for before each giraffe birth if we were to step in and help,” she said.

The unfortunate calf is the second giraffe to be born in the zoo in less than a month, after the birth of a female to Kitoto and father Armani on September 3rd.

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