Rare baby giraffe stands for its first photo just hours after being born

Just hours after its birth, this giraffe was ready for its first close-up.

The six-foot-tall baby was born to first-time mom, Tula, and dad, Meru, at Chester Zoo in England on Monday morning.

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Zookeepers called the rare giraffe's adorable face "the best Christmas gift we could have ever have wished for."

The baby is a highly endangered Rothschild giraffe. With an estimated 1,600 left in the wild, "the arrival of a new calf is a major cause for celebration," Sarah Roffe, team manager of giraffes at the zoo, said in a statement.

Within minutes of being born, the giraffe was up on its feet, and a couple of hours later, it stood beside its mom for a portrait.

"When it gets a little more used to its long legs it will be introduced to the rest of the herd but, for now, it's important that [mom] and calf spend a few days together striking up those early bonds," Roffe said.

Zookeepers do not yet know the gender of the baby. Once they find out, it will be given a name.

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Rothschild giraffes are found in the wild in Kenya and Uganda. They are recognizable by their broader white lines and lack of spots beneath their knees.

According to the zoo, the giraffe subspecies has been driven to the brink of extinction due to loss of habitat and poaching.

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