A baby giraffe was born at the Dhaka Zoo on Wednesday, which is the first incident of giving birth to a giraffe calf at a zoo in South Asia and second in Asia, zoo officials informed. Both the mother and the calf were healthy, they added.
Confirming the news, Deputy Curator of the Dhaka Zoo Dr Maqsudul Hassan told the Dhaka Tribune that the kid and mother giraffe both were well, adding that the calf had been living on its mother milk. Grass, grainy food and other food items containing vitamins like A, D and E, glucose and other minerals were being provided to the mother giraffe, he added.
The first incident of giving birth to a giraffe calf was at the Abu Dhabi Zoo. That calf, however, lived only a week, the deputy curator said, adding that a giraffe calf generally remain vulnerable up to 45 days of its birth.
“The mother giraffe was kept under deep observation for last three days, while a zoo officer has been appointed to look after the calf and the mother 24-hour a day.”
Saying that at present, there are 5 giraffes, including the calf, at the zoo, Maqsudul Hassan informed that the calf is the offspring of the giraffe couple, brought to the zoo from South Africa in 2008.