The Maryland Zoo announced the birth of a baby reticulated giraffe Thursday morning, and it's a girl!
Zoo officials said the 6 foot 1 inch tall, 125 pound calf was born Monday to 4-year-old Juma and 11-year-old Caesar.
The baby is the first giraffe to born at the Maryland Zoo in more than 20 years.
Zoo staff previewed the news Wednesday, and their reactions were posted on the Maryland Zoo's Twitter page.
Watch. Smile. Get very very excited for the BIG announcement the Zoo is making tomorrow & staff previewed today. pic.twitter.com/YFrv7LOukT
— Maryland Zoo (@marylandzoo) February 15, 2017
Juma and her calf won't be immediately on view for guests, but mother and baby are doing well.
— Maryland Zoo (@marylandzoo) February 16, 2017
“Health-wise everything looks pretty perfect so far,” Samantha Sander, associate veterinarian said in a news release. “All signs so far indicate we have a very healthy and strong female calf, and certainly an excellent mom.”