Surviving baby twin giraffe takes first steps

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- If you need your dose of a cute animal video for the day, make sure to watch this baby giraffe taking her first steps.

A surviving baby twin giraffe at the Auckland Zoo is taking her first steps one stride at a time. The calf slowly walked around the outdoor exhibit Tuesday morning with her aunt Rukiya, brother and mom.

A zoo team leader said the giraffe was sticking close to mom.

"She's a little bit cheeky, she would run up to them and run back to mom for a little bit security," Pridelands team leader Nat Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the giraffe would soon be introduced to her father.

The baby giraffe was part of a rare birth of twin giraffes at the zoo. Zookeepers, unfortunately, had to euthanize the male giraffe on Jan. 3. They were born prematurely on New Year's Eve.

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