Denver zoo welcomes unexpected giraffe calf


Kipele was born at the Denver Zoo in 1993 and is now the zoo's oldest giraffe. Dobby and his mother will remain behind the scenes at Denver Zoo until he gains strength, and the Zoo's giraffe building will remain closed during their first days together. In there, is an approximately 6 foot tall, 150 pound calf now weeks after his or her due date! Kipele, Dobby's mother, was given birth control, but zookeepers suspected she might be pregnant a few weeks ago because her stomach and udder were becoming bigger, according to the zoo. The feed has attracted over 15 million views so far.

Park representatives said there have been a lot of behaviors keeping them on their toes, but that she has not gone into active labor.

Dobby's understated arrival happened as the rest of the country's animal-loving population anxiously awaits April's delivery at the Animal Adventure Park Zoo in Harpursville, NY. As of about 11 a.m. Saturday, there were more than 80,000 people watching. The zoo said keepers were able to "get hands on the belly" and "make contact" with April's baby giraffe.

The animal has also displayed 'increased tail raising and holding, ' her vet said.

A giraffe's pregnancy lasts about 15 months.

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Park officials are waiting until the calf's hooves are visible to announce that the baby is on its way.

Excitement surrounding the imminent birth of a baby giraffe grows by the hour.

Dobby, who initially was not nursing, had to be provided critical care by zoo staff, but is now back on track. The animals live at Animal Adventure Park.

Fort Worth Zoo spokesman Ron Surratt told Star-Telegram partner WFAA-TV to watch for the giraffe to begin walking with her tail stuck straight out.

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