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2 hour old giraffe pictured at Longleat.<br />
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An endangered baby giraffe definitely made an impact when it was born - because it plummeted six feet to the floor.<br />
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But despite the shocking start for the youngster, it managed to shakily get up onto its feet within minutes and take its first wobbly first steps.<br />
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The giraffe's mother, Becky, kept a close eye on the cute calf as it staggered around on the grass and protectively nuzzled it as they were surrounded by members of the herd.<br />
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And although the baby Rothschild's giraffe may look tiny compared to its19ft mother, it is actually a staggering 6ft 6ins tall already.<br />
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The creature was born at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire but keepers do not yet know if it is a boy or a girl as it is too young.<br />
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When fully grown it will reach around the same height as the others in the herd, could weigh up to 200 stone, and reach a top speed of 35 miles per hour.<br />
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The new arrival is the latest success in a breeding programme for the Rothschild's giraffes at the animal attraction.<br />
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The species are on the 'red' endangered list and there are less than 670 left in the wild.