Maryland Zoo welcomes 1st baby giraffe in 20 years

Posted at 7:45 AM, Feb 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 09:45:56-05

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.

Juma and her calf won't be immediately on view for guests, but mother and baby are doing well. 

“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.”

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