Female baby giraffe born at Zoo Atlanta

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Baby giraffe

The calf, which is the first for mother, Mona, arrived early Friday at the Atlanta Zoo. (WRDW-TV / July 27, 2011)

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say the second giraffe calf born in the zoo's 122-year history is a girl.

The calf, which is the first for mother, Mona, arrived early Friday. Officials say its gender was confirmed by the zoo's veterinary team during a check-up after it was born.

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 year. Zuri is now eight-feet tall and weighs around 600 pounds.

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

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)


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