Giraffe offers delivery at Santa Barbara Zoo

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Raymie, who was born final week, is the most recent member of the giraffe herd on the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Masai giraffe Adia not too long ago gave delivery to Raymie, a male calf, on the Santa Barbara Zoo.

The delivery occurred at 1:55 a.m. Jan. 19, and mom and son are bonding behind the scenes within the giraffe barn.

The calf’s legs had been first noticed round 11 p.m. Jan. 17, and Adia was in lively labor for about three hours, in line with a information launch.

The zoo reported that the calf was standing 45 minutes after it was born, is nursing, and seems robust and wholesome.

Raymie is Adia’s second calf. Dr. Julie Barnes, the zoo’s vice chairman of Animal Care and Well being, stated Adia is as soon as once more exhibiting glorious maternal conduct. 

At his first medical examination on Jan. 20, Raymie weighed 71.4 kilograms and measured roughly 5 ft 9 inches tall. 

“We’re thrilled to share the information of this delivery and welcome one other Masai giraffe to our herd,” Dr. Barnes stated. “Every giraffe born on the zoo is essential to this inhabitants and conservation of this species, so we’re particularly pleased with the crucial work accomplished on the Santa Barbara Zoo with our unbelievable animal care group. 

“Whereas we’ve seen many giraffe births right here on the Santa Barbara Zoo, it’s at all times thrilling to see one other calf born and stand for the primary time,” she stated.

Masai giraffes are listed as endangered because of the important decline of this species within the wild in current a long time. 

“The variety of Masai giraffes below human care right here within the U.S. is comparatively small, and the Species Survival Plan manages the inhabitants to make sure that it’s wholesome and genetically numerous in order that the inhabitants thrives,” the zoo stated in its information launch.

The zoo’s animal care group will decide when Adia and Raymie are prepared to depart the giraffe barn. Till that point, they may stay collectively to bond behind the scenes. 

For pictures and updates, go to the zoo’s pages on Fb, Instagram and Twitter.

Raymie is the second child for mom Adia, who’s 7 years previous, and the tenth for the daddy, Michae, 15.

Their first calf collectively, Twiga, was born in March 2020, simply after the Zoo closed because of the pandemic. 

Adia arrived in 2017 from the Cleveland Zoo. 

The Santa Barbara Zoo’s Masai giraffe herd now numbers 5 with the addition of the brand new calf: Raymie, Michael, Adia, Audrey and Twiga. The Zoo’s different grownup feminine giraffe Audrey can be pregnant and anticipated to provide delivery in July.

The giraffes on the zoo are amongst greater than 120 Masai giraffes that stay at 28 North American zoos.

For extra details about the Santa Barbara Zoo, go to sbzoo.org.

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