Giraffe in S. Korean park sets new world record with 18th calf

SEOUL (AFP) - A giraffe has given birth to its 18th calf at a South Korean safari park, setting a new world record, the park said on Monday.

Park operator Samsung Everland said the mother, Jangsoon, gave birth on Sunday at its safari park in Yongin near Seoul.

Jangsoon gave birth to her first calf in 1990 and had been faithful to her mate for 24 years, it said in a statement. The new calf was born on her 27th birthday.

Everland said the record would be officially registered with the International Species Information System, which keeps global data on zoo animals.

Jangsoon previously shared the record with a giraffe that lived in a Paris zoo from 1982 to 2005.

Giraffes have an average life expectancy of 25 years, but Everland said Jangsoon has been in good health, even after Sunday's birth.