Fans are wishing happy birthday to a new giraffe calf.
A giraffe was born Monday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. The lovely event was shared via a live stream from the park’s indoor giraffe camera.
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Bailey, the proud mom, first showed signs of work Monday afternoon.
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“After weeks of waiting, 8-year-old Bailey is in labor with her first calf,” the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.
“The team is here to help with a safe delivery. Our first indication that labor was starting was the calf̵
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The zoo noted that the rear hooves would be the last to emerge before the giraffe calf made its drop about 6 feet to the 6 inches of sand below into the special sandbar that Bailey was moved into. The fall naturally severs the umbilical cord and stimulates “the baby’s first breath,” he shared.
Fortunately, the calving went off smoothly and “the calf and mom seem to be doing really well,” the park wrote.
Those who tuned in for the special event were delighted with the birth, commenting on how “cute” the latest addition was and congratulating the new mom.
“Bailey keeps checking his good mom Bailey,” wrote one person.
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“How cute,” wrote another.
“I’m really happy that Bailey had her baby today. I’m going on vacation tomorrow and I was sure I would miss the birth, “wrote one enthusiastic fan.
Bailey’s calf will join the other 16 reticulated giraffes at the zoo.
“Over the past 30 years, there has been an estimated 50% decline in wild reticulated giraffe populations. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation estimates that only 15,780 reticulated giraffes remain in the wild, ”the zoo shared.
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