MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee County Zoo has a new baby giraffe, the first since 2003.
The male calf was born to first-time mom Ziggy and first-time dad Bahatika on the morning of Sept. 16. Veterinarians examined the calf the next day, and he came in at 157 pounds and 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Tim Wild, curator of large mammals at the Milwaukee County Zoo, says Ziggy has been very attentive. He says the calf nurses regularly, which is a good sign.
In the wild, giraffes are found in the African savannas.
According to the zoo, the animals are not threatened by extinction, but the wild population is estimated at less than 80,000 and decreasing.
Zoo officials have not picked a name yet. The calf is the zoo's fifth giraffe.