Photos: Baby giraffe makes debut at Houston Zoo

Photos: Baby giraffe makes debut at Houston Zoo

Photos: Baby giraffe makes debut at Houston Zoo

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

HOUSTON -- The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe.

Mom Tyra delivered the healthy male calf shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at The African Forest following a 14 month pregnancy.

“Tyra went into labor at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4 and delivered her baby boy at 12:49 p.m.,” said Houston Zoo Giraffe Senior Keeper Kim Siegl. “The calf was standing on his own by 1:17 p.m. and was nursing by 1:57 p.m."

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“The calf weighs 165 pounds and is 6 and a half feet tall. He’s a big healthy boy,” said Siegl.

This is 15 year old Tyra’s eighth calf. The proud father, Mtembei is 6 years old. With this new arrival, the Houston Zoo’s herd of Masai giraffe has grown to 9, including 6 males and 3 females.

The giraffe keepers who cared for Tyra during her pregnancy and were present for the birth will have the honor of naming the newest addition to the Houston Zoo’s giraffe herd.

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