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Birth of endangered baby giraffe brings Christmas joy to Yorkshire zoo

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A Yorkshire zoo has enjoyed an extra special Christmas after the birth of a baby giraffe.

The calf, one of the endangered Rothschild’s sub-species, was born at Flamingo Land in Yorkshire during the festive period.

Describing the birth as a “very special Christmas present”, the park’s Twitter account announced that the new calf was already up and about.

“Here at Flamingo Land we have had a very special delivery – just in time for Christmas,” they wrote.

“A Rothschild’s giraffe calf has been born at the park during the festive period and is already up and about. Such a perfect way to celebrate this special day!”

Posting a picture of the new arrival, it said only a few hundred Rothschild’s giraffes remain in the wild.

In June, Flamingo Land welcomed the arrival of a baby red panda.

The animals’ natural habitat, in the woodland of Nepal, China, Bhutan and India, is under threat from deforestation.

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