Houston Zoo announces birth of female giraffe

HOUSTON -- The Houston Zoo on Wednesday announced the birth of a female Masai giraffe.

The calf's mom, Neema, delivered her at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat.

"After a very short labor, Neema delivered her baby girl at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, August 3," said Houston Zoo Hoofed Stock Supervisor, John Register. "The calf was standing on her own and nursing shortly after," added Register. The calf weighs 132 pounds and is six feet tall.

The zoo says the giraffe herd has now grown to 10, including six males and four females.

The giraffe keepers who cared for Neema during her pregnancy will have the honor of naming the newest addition.

According to a press release from the zoo, giraffe numbers in the wild appear to have plummeted.

There are currently about 100 Masai giraffe living in 28 North American zoos.


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