It's a girl!

Oct 12, 2012

The Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating its new baby giraffe.  The 150-pound female calf was born at 8:20 Friday morning.       

Credit CIncinnati Zoo

The Zoo says the mother, Tessa; father, Kimba; and baby, which hasn't been named yet, are doing well and spending time bonding off-exhibit.  Starting Monday, visitors can get their first look at the mom and new baby through the window outside the exhibit  at Giraffe Ridge.

This is the second calf for Tessa, who gave birth to Zuri in April last year.  Unfortunately, Zuri fractured her leg and after months of being treated by specialists had to be euthanized.

The Cincinnati Zoo's history with giraffe births started in 1889 when it became the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to have a giraffe born in captivity.