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Giraffe part of the Banham baby boom

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 July 2010

The new baby giraffe and her dad

The new baby giraffe and her dad

Adam Gretton

She may only be two weeks old, but this new arrival is already as tall as her keepers.

This baby giraffe has been part of baby boom at Banham Zoo, which has kept staff at the tourist attraction busy over the last few weeks.

She may only be two weeks old, but this new arrival is already as tall as her keepers.

This baby giraffe has been part of baby boom at Banham Zoo, which has kept staff at the tourist attraction busy over the last few weeks.

The venue, near Attleborough, has witnessed eight births in the last week amongst its monkeys, birds and mammals, which has left keepers scratching their heads.

The arrival of the long-legged girl, who has not yet been named, is the third birth since the opening of Banham Zoo's £400,000 giraffe enclosure in 2007.

Mother Aisling gave birth to her second calf on September 9 after carrying her for 13 months.

The attraction has also seen the arrivals of a Colobus monkey, Goeldi's monkey, four flamingos, three spoonbills, and a Mongolian sheep over the last week. Since the beginning of July, there have also been new red-breasted geese, golden lion tamarins, Geoffroy's marmosets and a baby penguin.

Animal manager Mike Woolham, who has been at the zoo for the last 12 years, said the “unprecedented” number of births followed a similar baby boom at the beginning of the year.

“It is the biggest baby boom I can remember. The majority of the most recent arrivals were over a period of four days.”

“The only thing I can put it down to is just good animal husbandry. We have a fantastic team of keepers who work very hard and make sure their animals are well looked after,” he said.

Mr Woolham added that most of the new arrivals will stay at Banham Zoo and that Aisling was proving to be an excellent mother, despite not accepting her first born, Ruby, last year.

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