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The tallest child born in Lincoln arrived at about 5 p.m. Jan. 29, after an uncomplicated, two-hour labor.

She weighed 130 kilos and measured 5 1/2 toes. Her neck accounted for a lot of that.

And Mosi’s doing nice, stated Evan Killeen, president and CEO of the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo.

“Mother and child are joyful and wholesome and thriving.”

The primary giraffe calf born in Lincoln — Mosi means “first” in Swahili — wasn’t conceived right here. Her mom, Zawadi, was already just a few months pregnant when she arrived in Could from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Giraffes have lengthy gestations — about 15 months — giving the zoo time to arrange to welcome its seventh giraffe. And its veterinarian and a number of the animal keepers have helped ship giraffe calves at different establishments, so that they knew what to anticipate, Killeen stated.

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“Their information and their expertise, in addition to their intuitive nature, makes them an incredible workforce for delivering infants.”



Baby giraffe

Mosi weighed 130 kilos at start Jan. 29. She shall be on show on the zoo starting Wednesday.



They weren’t wanted when the time got here. Mother, who’d given start as soon as earlier than, had it dealt with.

“Zawadi had a textbook supply,” Killeen stated. “So we didn’t must step in.”

Mosi took her first steps after lower than an hour. She’ll nurse for a few yr, however she’s already sampled stable meals — hay and twigs.

The zoo will wait till she’s older earlier than letting her meet its lone male, Joey. However she’s been launched to the 4 different females.

And Ruby, Kendy, Allie and Phoebe are smitten. “The surrogate aunts have taken to the child fairly shortly,” Killeen stated. “All of them are doting and protecting of the little child.”



Baby giraffe

Mosi, the primary giraffe born on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo, was 5 1/2-feet tall when she was born Jan. 29, however she ought to develop to 14 or 15 toes.



However there’s one other profit to the interplay. Zawadi is educating by instance, and the opposite youthful females are studying what it takes to be a mom, as a result of they’ll quickly must know.

The zoo is a part of the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums’ long-term species survival plan for giraffes, which dictates the distribution of animals to attempt to preserve their genetics numerous.

The plan’s coordinators permitted breeding suggestions for Joey and Lincoln’s 5 females, so the zoo’s first giraffe calf received’t be its final.



Baby giraffe

Mosi, a 3-week-old giraffe, nuzzles her mom, Zawadi (proper), as Kendy and Ruby watch.



As a part of the survival plan, Mosi will transfer to a different zoo, the place she shall be paired with a male for breeding.

That received’t occur for a yr or two, although. So the general public can meet Mosi beginning Wednesday, within the indoor giraffe enclosure. She may not be on the ground all the time, as a result of her keepers shall be watching her carefully.

Mom and child could must take occasional breaks, Killeen stated.

“We need to make sure that they’re joyful and wholesome.”


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Images: Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo welcomes two new giraffes

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Giraffes, 05.24

Giraffe keeper Jake Beiermann feeds Zawadi in an try to convey Ruby nearer to the railing on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. Zoo company will meet the 2 new giraffes Thursday.



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Giraffes, 05.24

Lincoln, Nebraska – 05/24/2021 – Ruby stands at the back of the indoor giraffe enclosure on Monday, Could 24 2021, on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. EAKIN HOWARD, Lincoln Journal Star



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Giraffes, 05.24

Giraffe keeper Jake Beiermann feeds Zawadi carrots and candy potatoes on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo.



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Giraffes, 05.24

Lincoln, Nebraska – 05/24/2021 – Giraffe Keeper Jake Beiermann watches the 2 new giraffes, Zawadi (left) and Ruby (proper), on Monday, Could 24 2021, on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. EAKIN HOWARD, Lincoln Journal Star



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Giraffes, 05.24

Lincoln, Nebraska – 05/24/2021 – Zawadi stands within the indoor giraffe enclosure on Monday, Could 24 2021, on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. EAKIN HOWARD, Lincoln Journal Star



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Giraffes, 05.24

Lincoln, Nebraska – 05/24/2021 – Sarah Wooden (not pictured) feeds Zawadi in an try to attract the giraffes nearer to the railing on Monday, Could 24 2021, on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. EAKIN HOWARD, Lincoln Journal Star



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Giraffes, 05.24

4 of the 5 feminine giraffes eat leaves lowered from the ceiling final Could on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. 



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Giraffes, 05.24

Joey, the male giraffe, appears to be like into the enclosure at Zawadi, one of many latest giraffes on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo.



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Giraffes, 05.24

The 5 feminine giraffes on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo spent a while collectively earlier this week of their enclosure.



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Giraffes, 05.24

Lincoln, Nebraska – 05/24/2021 – Zawadi approaches railing searching for meals the on Monday, Could 24 2021, on the Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo. EAKIN HOWARD, Lincoln Journal Star



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Giraffes, 05.24

Zawadi (left) and Ruby moved to Lincoln from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park earlier this month. The Lincoln Youngsters’s Zoo will introduce them to the general public Thursday.



Attain the author at 402-473-7254 or psalter@journalstar.com.

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