Rare Rothschild Giraffe Born in the UK [Video]

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Rothschilds are the world’s rarest sub-species of giraffe, originating from Uganda and west central Kenya. So, it’s exciting news when one is born. Kito, who already stands six feet tall, was born just last week at the Dudley Zoo in the UK. Kito means ‘precious’ in Swahili, and that’s a fitting name for this little guy.

The zoo’s assistant curator, Richard Brown, said: “Kito’s arrival has delighted everyone at Dudley Zoo. “He spent yesterday in the internal den bonding with mum and we decided to let the pair of them out in the paddock yesterday to enjoy the fine weather.”

He added: “He’s quite a tall baby for a newborn and a very handsome chap and no doubt will fast become a favourite with visitors.”

Kito, a newborn rare Rothschild’s giraffe was born at Dudley Zoo four days ago, stands six feet tall but is still dwarfed by his parents.Source

Kito, a newborn rare Rothschild giraffe, stands six feet tall but is still dwarfed by his parents.

Isn’t She Adorable? Check Out Video of Newborn Endangered Zebra

A cutie patootie zebra filly was born on Saturday at Chester Zoo in England. She is a Grevy’s zebra, an endangered species with fewer than 2,500 left in the wild.

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The as-yet-unnamed darling baby is the first Grevy’s zebra born at the Chester Zoo in 34 years. She is also the first offspring of her parents, Nadine and Mac.

Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals at the zoo, said: “Since our female zebras arrived a few years ago we have worked very hard to breed this highly endangered species and the arrival of this foal is not only a really good achievement for us but good news for the species as a whole.” He went on to share, “She is a lively one but mum Nadine is doing a great job so far, particularly given that it’s her first – she’s certainly earning her parental stripes.”

Heroic Horse Rescues This Week

This week a handful of horses managed to get themselves into serious trouble and human heroes stepped forward to pluck them out of danger.

dixie the horse rescued from poolIn Rhode Island on a 36 degree day, a horse named Dixie — who appears to be elderly based on photos and video — fell into a neighbor’s pool. The West Greenwich Fire Department and other rescue workers responded immediately and were able to pull Dixie out of the pool about 30 minutes after she tumbled in. Veterinarian Liz Lawrence reports that Dixie will be treated for her hypothermia, but otherwise is doing very well thanks to the quick rescue work. Read the whole story.

horse rescuedMeanwhile, in Minnesota, a five year old thoroughbred gelding named Jagger was out on a trail ride when he spooked, tossed his rider, and bolted off. Searchers on the ground used every available means of transportation, on foot, on horseback, in trucks, and on snowmobiles; but Jagger had seemingly vanished. That night the weather brought a snowstorm and subzero temperatures. Two days later, a pilot was found for a search by air and Jagger was finally located with his reins tangled around a tree, unable to reach food or water. Lucky for Jagger, as forecasts call for overnight air temperatures to plummet to 20 below zero with wind chills of 20 below to 30 below. Read the whole story.

Horse rescued from pond And in Canada, an eight year old horse named Bob fell through the ice on his family’s pond. After Bob’s owners tried to pull him out themselves, neighbors and volunteer fire and rescue personnel rushed to the rescue. Ten to 12 men used ropes to basically lift Bob out of the icy water. He shows no signs of long-term damage. Read the whole story.

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