|Published:||Feb 26, 2013 10:46 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 26, 2013 10:46 AM EST|
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has a new addition - a 6-foot-2 baby giraffe.
The reticulated giraffe weighted 150 pound when he was born Feb. 21.
The Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/YUJ9uQ ) reports the as-of-yet unnamed giraffe was born to the zoo's only male breeding giraffe, Duke, and a first-time mom, Luna.
Zoo officials say he stood within an hour of his birth and began nursing. The baby giraffe is remaining in the giraffe barn with his mother for now. But as the weather warms, zoo visitors may catch a glimpse of him in the giraffe holding yard as they pass by on the train.
He's the fifth giraffe calf born at the zoo in 2½ years. The zoo currently has 11 giraffes. They typically live up to 25 years in captivity.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com
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