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Your morning adorable: Giraffe calf sticks out his tongue at German zoo

February 28, 2011 | 11:55 am

Giraffe calf

At the Opel Zoo in Kronberg, Germany, 2011 has already been a big year for giraffe calves. Two Rothschild giraffes -- a male named Karl, born Feb. 10 to mother Catherine, and a male named Luke, born just three days later to mother Lucy -- have been born so far this year, joining a female Rothschild calf named Mary who was born on Christmas.

Karl, Luke and Mary are all half-siblings, sharing the same father, a bull (the term for a male giraffe) named Gregory.

The Opel Zoo is part of a conservation breeding program designed to help the Rothschild giraffes, which were recently classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, bounce back from the brink of extinction in the wild. Rothschild giraffes (also known as Ugandan giraffes or Baringo giraffes) are native to parts of Uganda and Kenya.

See more photos of Karl and Luke after the jump!

Giraffe calf

Giraffe calf

Giraffe calf

Giraffe calf

Your morning adorable: Rothschild giraffe calf makes her debut at England's Chester Zoo
Your morning adorable: Reticulated giraffe calf sticks close to his mother at Frankfurt Zoo

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos: Boris Roessler / AFP/Getty Images

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