ST. PAUL, Minn. - Most of us have heard stories about huge babies, but 5 feet 8 inches tall and 130 pounds?
That was the size of Como Zoo's brand new baby giraffe, that arrived on Sunday, September 1. She is the fifth calf born to mom Clover and the 17th giraffe birth at Como in the last 20 years.
The new calf is already standing tall and will be ready to meet the public on Sunday, September 8th.
Como's current herd consists of Clover, Daisy, the unnamed baby and her father Skeeter.
The giraffe is the tallest of all land-living animal species. They can grow up to 18 feet tall and have a prehensile (used for grasping) tongue as long as 18 inches. During the first two years of a giraffe's life it doubles it height and can be over 12-feet tall.
Giraffe gestation lasts between 14 and 15 months, after which a single calf is born. Like human fingerprints, the markings or spots of a giraffe's coat are unique to each individual.
Reticulated giraffes are native to the dry savannahs and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.
The giraffe is available for sponsorship. Sponsoring an animal is a unique way to help Como Zoo with its wildlife conservation efforts. Donations support enhanced habitats and efforts to maintain the best care possible for the animals at Como Zoo.
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