The Okapi is an amazingly beautiful animal in the giraffe family. They are on the verge of extinction, so the arrival of a baby giraffe is a momentous event! A baby okapi appeared in Dublin Zoo in Ireland. The baby is now in great shape and is already walking around the enclosure with its mother.
Both moms and dads take part in rearing the cubs in the okapi family. The male looks after his baby and is ready to defend the family at any moment.
Okapis are cloven-hoofed animals, close relatives of the giraffe. Despite the fact that they look more like deer or horses, the okapi has nothing to do with them. If you look closely at the legs of the animal, it is immediately clear that the structure of the okapi is more similar to that of a giraffe.
Many people are confused by the stripes on the back of the animal, but the okapi has nothing in common with zebras.
These animals are on the brink of extinction and are listed in the Red Book. Zoos around the world are trying to breed them, supporting a program to save the species.