Newborn Giraffe Calf Born On Remembrance Day Named After WW1 Poet Wilfred Owen

A UK zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby giraffe born on Remembrance Day. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo shared adorable behind-the-scenes footage of its six-foot-tall new arrival born on Friday 11 November. Named Wilfred after the renowned WW1 poet Wilfred Owen exclusive images and footage taken by keepers show the not-so-little one sharing some precious private bonding time with mum Luna and dad Bashu before the youngster meets the rest of the herd at the UK’s largest zoo. Giraffes give birth standing up, meaning youngsters are welcomed to the world with a two-metre fall to the ground. Wilfred took his first wobbly steps within an hour of being born, and immediately began suckling from doting mum Luna. Keepers and conservationists at the zoo are celebrating Wilfred’s arrival as a vital addition to the international conservation breeding programme (EEP) for reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) a species classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Deputy Team Leader Michael Hepher said: “It is always wonderful to meet a brand-new member of the herd but there is extra significance to Wilfred’s birth, as his arrival boosts the number of this beautiful, Endangered species. He’s certainly a big boy – the biggest new-born giraffe I’ve ever seen. We haven’t officially measured him yet, but he’s definitely taller than me and I am six-foot!”.