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Rare endangered giraffe baby is already stealing hearts at the Houston Zoo: Cute power!

Rare endangered giraffe baby already stealing hearts at Houston Zoo

2 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
Welcome to the world, baby okapi! Photo by © Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
9 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
Our new little friend, just like all okapis, looks like a zebra but is related to the giraffe. Photo by © Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
1 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
The Houston Zoo's newest family member with Mom Tulia. Opaki eat a diet of leaves. Photo by © Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
5 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
Look at that cute tongue! Photo by © Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
10 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
The little guy is thriving under the care of his mother. Photo by © Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo
2 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
9 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
1 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
5 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014
10 baby Okapi born at the Houston Zoo November 2014

A precious and rare okapi is already charming Houston Zoo staff with its darling baby-bop antics in its first few weeks of life.

The yet-to-be-named male calf, born Nov. 6 at 40 pounds, is reportedly thriving under the care of his mother Tulia. The pair will continue to bond behind the scenes for the next several weeks.

What is an okapi? Well, it looks like a zebra but is related to the giraffe.

 The species has been classified as endangered by habitat destruction and poaching. 

Okapis are also known as the “forest giraffe” and are native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. The species has been classified as endangered by habitat destruction and poaching since 2013.

In 2012, the Houston Zoo received breaking news of a terrible rebel attack on the Okapi Conservation Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which left six wildlife guards and 14 okapi stationed at the reserve dead. The Houston Zoo was one of the first to respond and quickly organized a zoo-wide effort to provide as much support as possible.

Now, this is the first successful birth of a baby okapi at the Houston Zoo. Welcome, cutie!