Keepers at Allwetter Zoo, in Germany, are excited to share the birth of a Giraffe calf! The boy was born to eight-year-old mother ‘Makena’ on December 29th.
After a gestation period of about 15 months, the male arrived weighing 45 kg (99 lbs.) and measuring 1.70 m (5 ½ feet) tall. This is the third calf for mother, Makena. Although he stays close to his mother, the new calf has had difficulty nursing and requires bottle feeds from zoo staff.
Zoo staff are optimistic that he will continue to grow and progress. He now happily explores his enclosure with his mother and is stronger every day.