Meet Mburo, a Rothschild’s giraffe male calf born March 5 at Chester Zoo in England.
Zookeepers released CCTV footage of Dagmar, a 12-year-old Rothschild’s giraffe, giving birth to the six-foot-tall baby after a 15-month pregnancy.
A video shows the new-born giraffe landing onto soft straw as well as suckling for the first time and his wobbly steps just over an hour after being born.
“To see the birth and the very first steps of an animal as rare of the Rothschild’s giraffe is an incredibly special thing. This new arrival is a special addition to the international breeding programme for this endangered species, which is working to boost numbers in zoos and safeguard its future,” Sarah Roffe, Giraffe Team Manager at the zoo, said in an email.
Rothschild’s giraffes are highly threatened in the wild and have suffered a 90 percent decline in numbers in recent decades, making them one of the world’s most at-risk mammals. Estimates indicate that fewer than 2,650 now remain across Africa, the zoo said in its news release.