PHOTOS: Denver Zoo celebrates birth of rare animal

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DENVER — Denver Zoo welcomed a new addition to its collection of exotic animals Feb. 3 with the birth of a rare okapi.

The male calf born earlier this month is only the sixth birth of its species at the Denver Zoo, said a press release from the zoo on Friday.

Named Jabari, which is Swahili for “brave,” is the first born of Kalispell and Sekele, two okapis already residing at the zoo facilities, said the Denver Zoo.

Okapis resemble a cross between zebras and drafts, and are the only living relatives to the giraffe, the zoo added.

Zoo officials also noted that okapis are native only to the Ituri Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jabari will remain out of the public eye until he grows more and becomes self-sufficient, said Denver Zoo.

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