An adorable male baby giraffe – at an estimated 6 feet tall and weighing 125 pounds – is the newest resident at the Buffalo Zoo.
The unnamed giraffe was born Friday to first-time parents A.J., 5, the mom, and 3-year-old Mokie. He joins two other females, becoming the zoo’s fifth giraffe.
“We are always excited when there is a new baby. The public loves it too, so we are hoping there will be some excitement about coming to the zoo and seeing the baby and the other animals,” said Rachel Gottlieb, the zoo’s spokeswoman.
The baby giraffe is with his mother in the Giraffe House, and for now may only be seen through windows. Gottlieb said the zoo expects to reopen the Giraffe House after a suitable time has been allowed for bonding and adjusting to the herd.
The gestation period for giraffes is around 15 months, with calves typically remaining with their mothers until 22 months of age.
Giraffes, which are native to the plains of Africa, have seen their population in the wild drop to less than 80,000 today. Their births in captivity are not considered rare, Gottlieb said.