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    The Toronto Zoo announced on Friday about the birth of an endangered Masai giraffe. The birth happened at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and the baby giraffe was able to stand up within an hour and a half of birth. Workers at the Toronto Zoo said the baby giraffe is in healthy shape. The baby was carried by his mother for a long 16 months.

    The mother is also in healthy shape according to the Toronto Zoo. The baby has not been named yet and its gender is still uncertain. The zoo said it will keep its Giraffe House closed to the public. Masai giraffes were deemed endangered in December 2018 due to illegal hunting and habitat loss in the wild. 

    There are fewer than 35,000 Masai giraffes in the wild today which is more than a 50 per cent decline in the past 30 years. This is the second baby of giraffe mother Mstari and father Kiko. Their first child Amani is now 22 months old, the zoo said on Friday.

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