The Abilene Zoo is elated to announce the birth of a giraffe calf at 1:50 PM on Friday June 24, 2022, to 11 year old mother Jamie.
This marks Jamie’s third calf. The Animal Care team noticed labor had begun a little before 1:00 PM. She went into labor inside the Zoo’s Giraffe Safari habitat, but when given the opportunity, moved into the Giraffe Barn holding areas in the Zoo’s behind the scenes.
After giving birth at 1:50 PM the calf waited close to 30 minutes before standing up for the first time. The calf stands at roughly 6 feet tall, but a weight has not been taken. That process will begin most likely tomorrow as the Animal Care team does its first hands on checks of the newborn. Although a name will not be decided for some time, the Animal Care team does believe the calf to be female.
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