By Lauren Campbell
This is the incredible moment a giraffe giving birth was caught on CCTV.
The baby giraffe, who is yet to be sexed or named, dropped six feet to the floor after proud mum Orla gave birth to it on Monday (April 3).
Measuring five foot, the calf was born at Chester Zoo after a gruelling four-hour labour, bringing an end to Orla’s 15 month pregnancy.
Sarah Roffe, giraffe team manager, said: “Orla went into labour at around noon and, for a little while, we could just see two spindly legs poking out.
“She’s an experienced mum and a few hours later she delivered the calf safely onto soft straw as the rest of the herd, including her other young Kidepo and Millie, looked on.
“Although it might be quite a drop, and they may fall to the ground with a bit of a thud, it’s how giraffe calves arrive into the world and it stimulates them into taking their first breaths.
“That whole process, from a calf being born to it taking its very first steps, is an incredibly special thing to see.
“Those long legs take a little bit of getting used to but the new calf is doing ever so well, as is mum.
“She’s an excellent parent and is doing a fantastic job of nursing her new arrival.
“The world may be waiting for April the giraffe to have her calf over in America, but Orla has beaten her to it!”
Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals, added: “Poaching in the wild over the last few decades has led to a 90 per cent decline in wild Rothschild’s giraffe numbers.
“Despite ongoing conservation efforts, the species is really struggling to bounce back as the constant threat of habitat loss continues to push the last remaining population ever closer to extinction.
“Right now the zoo is working hard out in Africa on a conservation action plan to ensure that populations don’t fall to an even more critical level.
“We’ve got to stand tall for these amazing animals.”