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Baby giraffe watch continues at Greenville Zoo

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Autumn the giraffe chews some grass while she awaits the arrival of the calf. (Oct. 3, 2012/FOX Carolina) Autumn the giraffe chews some grass while she awaits the arrival of the calf. (Oct. 3, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Zookeepers at the Greenville Zoo are still on the lookout for the zoo's first baby giraffe, which could come any day.

Last week, it appeared that Autumn the Masai giraffe was getting close to having her calf, which turned out to be a false alarm. The close-call prompted zoo officials to install webcams, so fascinated animal lovers all over the world could watch the birth, but the cameras were not available 24 hours a day.

This week, officials at the zoo said they are still anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 6' tall, 150-pound baby giraffe, and that the cameras will now be available around the clock.

SLIDESHOW: Zoo officials await calf's birth

"There is a lot of people that are watching," said Greenville Zoo Director Jeff Bullock. "A lot of people care about her. She is doing great. (She is) up walking around the exhibit. She is eating. She is resting. (She is) doing everything an expected mother needs to do."

Bullock said they are hopeful the birth will happen very soon.

Autumn is on a breeding loan from Boston's Franklin Park Zoo. She was paired with the zoo's male giraffe, 7-year-old Walter, who is from the San Diego Zoo.

Giraffes, the tallest land animal in the world, have one of the longest gestation periods of any mammal - 15 months. They also give birth standing up.

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