Adelaide Baby Giraffe Doing 'Really Well' After Being Taken to New Home for Hand Rearing

A baby giraffe that was taken to Adelaide Zoo when it wasn’t being fed by its mother is “doing really well,” according to keepers at its new home.

The still unnamed calf was born at Monarto Safari Park to 17-year-old Thula on Thursday, January 5, according to Zoos South Australia.

While initial signs of bonding looked promising, no feeding had taken place within the first 24 hours. With hot weather approaching, the decision was taken to move the calf to Adelaide Zoo to give him the best chance of survival, Zoos SA said.

Arliah Hayward, a senior keeper at Adelaide Zoo, said the baby giraffe has gone from strength to strength since the move.

“The little man is doing really well, he has impressed all of us,” she said. “He took really quickly to his first keeper Matt and we’re blown away by how smoothly this little guy has bonded with us.

“At the moment he is having five feeds a day and he’s taken them all really well."

Zoos SA said the calf will not be visible to the public until keepers are comfortable it is strong enough. A name will be announced in the coming weeks, they added. Credit: Zoos SA via Storyful

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