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by r.s.n. murali
The baby giraffe when it was born.
MALACCA: The Malacca Zoo has unveiled its latest pride and joy: a male giraffe that was born there on Nov 23.
This was considered a significant achievement for the zoo as it was the first birth of a sub-Saharan inhabitant and a giraffe in Malacca.
Zoo representative Catherine Yang said the birth was kept under wraps for almost a month in order to allow the newborn to adapt to its new environment.
The 1.8m-tall giraffe looked bubbly when the zoo management allowed the media to photograph it while it was together with his parents inside an enclosure yesterday.
Yang said the giraffe weighed about 70kg, and has been attracting a stream of visitors since its maiden public appearance.
“We have created a history of sorts as the giraffe is a Malaysian,” she said, adding that the zoo also saw the birth of a 1.5kg capybara, which is the world’s largest rodent.
Yang said the capybara was born on Oct 22, and was also the first birth of this species in the Malacca Zoo.
Since its privatisation on Jan 1, the zoo also recorded the birth of a male banteng (Bos javanicus) in July, as well as that of an orang utan, a serow and a Malayan porcupine.
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