COLORADO SPRINGS — Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed a brand new member to their giraffe herd.
On Wednesday, guests noticed Bailey’s water break within the giraffe’s yard.
Contained in the giraffe barn at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo you possibly can see Bailey and her one-day-old calf. The giraffe barn will probably be a delegated quiet zone for friends and employees in order that mom and child can bond.
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“It got here fairly rapidly for her,” stated Jason Bredahl, Animal Care Supervisor at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “We thought it’d take a few hours after she began going into labor out in the primary habitat, however we introduced her inside, after which actually fairly quick after that, she had her child.”
The calf struggled to get her footing however zoo keepers had been capable of assist her up.
It’s a lady! CMZoo welcomes new child giraffe
“You possibly can think about these lengthy giraffe legs being tucked up inside for thus lengthy, they don’t work nice proper at first,” stated Bredahl. “So we simply give her a bit little bit of enhance that first time, after which after that, she’s been transferring round on her personal, resting actually properly.”
Zookeepers are monitoring the calf and her mom to ensure they’re doing properly.
The new child calf contained in the giraffe barn on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
“We wish to see them take good breaks as a result of they do get drained as children after which, after all, nursing and getting that colostrum and milk,” stated Bredahl.
Different members of the giraffe herd will probably be launched within the upcoming days to Bailey and her calf.
“It’ll be a few of our older females who do very well with the teenager’s calves,” stated Bredahl.
Khalid, the daddy of the calf, can even be launched quickly to her as properly.
“Dad truly was subsequent to them final night time and he was paying shut consideration to them,” stated Bredahl. “He wasn’t in the identical area with them, however he was positively involved in seeing our mother and the newborn. It’ll be a bit bit longer earlier than we begin introducing them to another herd members within the subsequent few days.”
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo provides an interactive giraffe feeding expertise the place guests should buy lettuce to feed the giraffes. Guests will now be capable to view the new child calf.
“It’s actually nice as a result of clearly, individuals come right here to have the ability to feed our excellent world well-known giraffe heard however then once we can welcome a teenager like this, it’s actually a improbable, and superb time for everyone to see how they began off as such a small animal,” stated Bredhal.
Following Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tips, the newborn lady is not going to be named till she is 30 days previous.