Post by clydeomartin on Jan 20, 2014 22:22:53 GMT -8
The Birmingham Zoo rang in the New Year with a 6-foot 2-inch, 140 pound surprise. As the nation celebrated with fireworks and ball drops, the zoo's 5-year-old reticulated giraffe, Willow, gave birth to her first baby at 12:12 a.m. on Jan. 1.
Although the zoo could estimate the giraffe's due date--a giraffe's gestation period typically lasts anywhere from 13 to 15 months--Wednesday morning's birth helped kick-start a unique beginning to 2014.
The male, who has already undergone a complete physical exam, is the first giraffe birth at any North American accredited zoo this year.
Jalil, the Birmingham Zoo's 7-year-old male, is the father. This is the first offspring for both Willow and Jalil. Willow was born at the Birmingham Zoo in July 2008.
Zoo staff said the baby giraffe takes after his father with similar markings and mannerisms.
Their newest arrival, according to a release, is nursing and is in the process of bonding with his mother in a warm holding area due to the seasonally cold temperatures.
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