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Watch: First Giraffe Birth at Cincinnati Zoo in 26 Years


The Cleveland Leader reports:

On Saturday, a new baby giraffe was born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens to Tessa and Kimba, both four-year-old giraffes. The birth of the calf was the first at the zoo in 26 years.

Tessa and her new baby are being left to bond, so the sex of the calf has not yet been checked.

Said zoo executive director Thayne Maynard: "When there's a birth of an animal, it's awe-inspiring because nature is a phenomenal system. That's true when a mouse is born, but when you've got a 6-foot baby that comes out and flops on the ground, it's just the darndest thing. It goes without saying, this is an exciting day."

Watch an incredible clip of the giraffe's birth (warning: graphic), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. That's a very sweet picture.

    Posted by: MT | Apr 5, 2011 12:24:26 PM

  2. "It's just the darndest thing"... what a charming way to put it. Indeed, what a baby. Uffda.

    Posted by: B. | Apr 5, 2011 12:37:20 PM

  3. Amazing and also sort of sad that that giraffe will only know the zoo for his/her entire life.

    Posted by: mike128 | Apr 5, 2011 1:39:52 PM

  4. That photo is precious. I wonder if those are the parents. In the wild, males play no role in raising their offspring. Maybe that behavior changes in captivity.

    Posted by: K | Apr 5, 2011 1:47:54 PM

  5. Those are the parents. The zoo only had the parents until this birth.

    Posted by: unruly | Apr 5, 2011 2:30:19 PM

  6. Yeah, it's a shame the new baby won't have to run from bloodthirsty predators and will have the benefit of medical attention and be well taken care of.

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 5, 2011 4:03:24 PM

  7. AJ, wasn't Benjamin Franklin that said Giraffes who trade freedom for security deserve neither?

    From your comment i am guessing you would also want to be locked up in a hospital room and looked after lest you die from disease or violence.

    Posted by: ticktack | Apr 5, 2011 5:07:40 PM

  8. Beautiful simply beautiful

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 5, 2011 5:27:56 PM

  9. Holy crap! That made my pussy hurt. ;o

    Posted by: PugsBuddy | Apr 5, 2011 10:20:01 PM

  10. Plop! Splat!

    I wanted to see baby's first struggle to find footing.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 6, 2011 1:47:54 AM

  11. @ticktack: loved your comment!

    Posted by: mike128 | Apr 6, 2011 11:16:49 AM

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