Belgian zoo welcomes baby giraffe Twiga

Minutes after plunging two meters (6.5 ft) to the ground as his mother gave birth, baby giraffe Twiga was frolicking round his pen. Reuters reported that Twiga is the newest arrival at Belgium’s Planckendael Zoo. “They fall down two meters because mother giraffes don’t lie down,” said zookeeper Sil Waumans.“It is always a scary moment to see whether they walk afterwards, but after 20 minutes he was already on his legs.”

Twiga is named after the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s Twiga Tracker initiative. This initiative follows giraffes’ movements across Africa using satellite tags, Twiga is Swahili for giraffe.

The conservation charity estimates the number of giraffes in the wild has fallen more than 40 percent in the last three decades to just 100,000.

Twiga, who can be seen with his mother Barbie and five other family members at Planckendael, 20 km (12 miles) north of Brussels.

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