August 1, 2009

Baby giraffe arrives in Salt Lake Zoo

The newest arrival at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City is a 120-pound, 6-foot-2 mail male giraffe, born to two first time parents, a zoo official said.

Kipenzi, 6, went into labor just before noon Thursday and gave birth at about 12:30 p.m. Within an hour, the calf was standing for the first time.

The father is Riley, 6. The Salt Lake City Deseret News reported.

It already seems that Kipenzi is a good mom who is bonding well with her baby, said Nancy Carpenter, associate director for animal health.

The mother took her new baby outdoors in the yard she shares with another female giraffe, zoo spokeswoman Holly Braithwaite said.

The name for the new arrival was being discussed.

The calf will be in view of the public when he is outside, Braithwaite said. He will likely grow nearly one inch per day for his first week, she said.