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Your morning adorable: Endangered Rothschild giraffe calf makes his debut at Prague Zoo

August 4, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Rothschild giraffe Nora is seen with her newborn calf

A male Rothschild giraffe calf born late last month at the Prague Zoo is gunning for the title of World's Cutest Zoo Baby.

He has some tough competition -- an Amur leopard cub in Germany, a red-necked wallaby joey in Australia, a pair of Asian lion cubs in Germany, a parma wallaby joey in Ohio and a koala joey in Germany, to name a few -- but we think the sweet, snuggly relationship he has with his mother Nora just might put him over the top.

The Rothschild giraffe is one of nine recognized giraffe subspecies, and among the rarest. It's estimated that there are fewer than 2,500 adult Rothschilds remaining in the wild, so this little fellow's birth is a big deal!

See more photos of mother and baby giraffe after the jump.

Rothschild giraffe Nora is seen with her newborn calf

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-- Lindsay Barnett

First, second, third photos: David W. Cerny / Reuters. Fourth and fifth photos: Filip Singer / European Pressphoto Agency

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