A cute baby giraffe was spotted making best friends with an inquisitive zebra. Baby giraffe Gus has been spending time with an inquisitive zebra at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, with the pair exchanging licks and nuzzles.
Photographs show one-month-old Gus cozying up to Zebedee the zebra as he begins to explore his surroundings.
In the case of ‘like father like son,’ Gus’ father Gerald was also good friends with the Zebra and the pair were often spotted standing together.
Gus was born last month at the 100-acre wildlife park and after a few weeks settling in, he has been quick to explore his outdoor field and meet his neighbor, Zebedee the Zebra.
A spokesperson for the zoo said: “In an interesting twist, Gus’s late father Gerald was friends with Zebedee from his younger years at the zoo, and the friendship now seems to have passed to Gerald’s son.
After the passing of older male Gerald earlier this year, the family of three giraffes at Noah’s Ark has become 4 again with the arrival of Gus. He joins sibling brothers George, 4, and Geoffrey, 2.
“Giraffes are a protected species of conservation concern classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by the IUCN, under more threat than many people realize. Wild populations are suffering from continuing decline, since 1985 the total giraffe population has fallen by 35%.
“Since 1985 the total giraffe population has fallen by 35%.”
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is home to over 100 mammals and attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year.