Your morning adorable: Rothschild giraffe calf makes her debut at England’s Chester Zoo

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At England’s Chester Zoo, there’s a great deal of excitement about a giraffe calf born last week. The calf, a female, is the first of her subspecies -- the Rothschild giraffe -- to be born at the zoo. (Members of different giraffe subspecies, of which there are nine, can interbreed, and the new calf has several half-siblings who share the same Rothschild giraffe father but have mothers belonging to different giraffe subspecies.)

‘Both mum and baby are doing very well and it is delightful to see the pair of them making the most of the winter sunshine,’ chief giraffe keeper Belinda Porter said Monday.

The new calf hasn’t yet been named, and the zoo is asking the public to help choose one for her through a survey on its website. Zoo staff have narrowed possible names for her down to five: Anaka, Aisha, Zafi, Tula and Yala.

Rothschild giraffes (also known as Ugandan giraffes or Baringo giraffes) are considered endangered and are among the rarest of all giraffe subspecies.


See more photos of the Chester Zoo’s calf after the jump!

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-- Lindsay Barnett