Two new baby giraffes unveiled at Fota Wildlife Park

A few summers ago we in 2012 we noted how the impromptu birth of a baby giraffe later named Aoibheann stole the spotlight from what was to be the first public appearance of another baby giraffe Casey to the adoring public.

In August 2012 resident Rothschild giraffe Blaithin presenting for the first time her three week old calf, Casey, looked set to be the star attraction for visitors to Fota Wildlife Parks African Savannah that is until another giraffe Sapphire decided to give birth to Aoibheann in front of the assorted crowds, somewhat stealing the limelight from the original stars Blaithin and Casey.

Switch to present day and the same two adult giraffes involved in that dramatic day, Blaithin and Sapphire, are mothers again both having recently unveiled their latest assorted offspring (born within days of each other) to the crowds at the Fota Island based wildlife park last week. And unlike last time there were no surprises for the visitors to the popular park with the calves a male and a female having been born to their respective mothers Blaithin and Sapphire within 2 days of each other in late January.

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Baby Giraffe Video Clip

As we mentioned last week, Friday 10th august was a special week for visitors to Fota Island Wildlife Park with the appearance of not one but two baby giraffes. On what was one of the busiest days for the park, over 4,000 visitors showed up to see Blaithin and her three week old baby giraffe make its first debut, but instead were treated to a rare sighting of the live birth of a baby giraffe as well.
A live birth of any wild animal is rare indeed, never mind a giraffe, and its things like these unexpected arrivals that add an extra dimension to family visits to the wildlife park which always mixes educational with entertainment values. Whilst we all mightn’t have seen it, thankfully with smartphones and new technology such momentous events are happily recorded and uploaded for future viewing.

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