Second giraffe born at Zoo Atlanta

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Zoo Atlanta is welcoming a 6-foot tall bundle of joy.

The zoo's second giraffe calf born in its 122-year history and the first for mother, Mona, arrived early Friday. Curator of mammals Rebecca Snyder says giraffes are among the most popular animals at Zoo Atlanta.

The calf weighs more than 100 pounds. Its father, Abu, is also the father of Zuri, born last July. Zuri is now 8-feet tall and weighs around 600 pounds.

The giraffe gestation period is 15 months -- one of the longest in the animal kingdom. Giraffes give birth standing up and their offspring are usually born front feet-first. They are able to walk within two hours of birth.

Zoo Atlanta has not announced when the newborn will be introduced to the public.

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