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Greenville Zoo's mama giraffe gives birth!

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Autumn's new baby (Source: Greenville Zoo vet tech) Autumn's new baby (Source: Greenville Zoo vet tech)
Autumn the giraffe with baby Tatu (Source: City of Greenville) Autumn the giraffe with baby Tatu (Source: City of Greenville)

The mom Masai giraffe at the Greenville Zoo has delivered a new baby!

Zoo director Jeff Bullock announced in December that 11-year-old Autumn was pregnant for the fourth time and that the new baby could arrive as early as February.

However, the baby came early.

Autumn delivered the new calf on Wednesday just before noon.

She previously birthed calves Kiko, who was later transferred to the Toronto Zoo, and Tatu, who was recently transferred to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Her second calf, Roho, was stillborn in 2014.

The new arrival will be Autumn's first baby with Miles, her 8-year-old mate who was transferred from the Houston Zoo in 2016.

“Baby news is always exciting and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new member of the zoo family,” said Bullock. “To add to the excitement, because Miles is such a tall giraffe, we’re especially curious and anxious to see what his first calf will look like.”

On Friday, the zoo announced the new giraffe is a girl. The zoo said a routine exam was performed on the calf where height, weight, and sex were determined. 

All tests performed during the exam came back healthy and normal, the zoo said. 

"We're all pleased to see the calf making great progress from the time of birth onward. She has been nursing very well and Autumn is being very attentive to her," said Dr. Nikolay Kapustin, deputy zoo administrator and veterinarian.

"It's very rewarding to have another member added to our Masai giraffe group at the zoo to share with our guests and help interpret further our wildlife conservation messaging and initiatives."

The zoo will also be hosting a naming contest where members of the public can submit names online until next Thursday. The calf's name will be announced on February 9. 

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