Denver Zoo Welcomes Surprise Baby Giraffe... While Giraffe Being Livestreamed is Still Waiting
"No #giraffecam here," the Denver Zoo taunted in a tweet after mother giraffe Kipele gave birth to a healthy male calf, Dobby.
As the entire country remains anxious about a mother giraffe who's still yet to give birth in New York, a less-publicized giraffe 1,700 miles away has stolen the spotlight with the birth of her own calf.
Kipele, a mother giraffe at the Denver Zoo, gave birth overnight on Wednesday to newborn Dobby, a male giraffe standing at just five feet tall and weighing 73 pounds.
Zookeepers only recently discovered Kipele was pregnant despite having been on birth control. Her stomach and udder had become larger, and ultrasounds Kipele reluctantly allowed zookeepers to perform confirmed their suspicious, according to the zoo.
While the zoo reported that the birth went well, Dobby originally had trouble nursing. With the intervention of staff members, Dobby is now feeding properly and in good health. He and his mom will spend the next few weeks resting and bonding, and will not yet be on display to the public.
"Dobby may not have been a planned birth, but now that he's here, we're excited to have him," Brian Aucone of the Denver Zoo said in a statement.
A livestream of April in her enclosure has been closely monitored by more than 100,000 viewers since last Friday, as the zoo anticipated she would deliver her baby at any moment.
Nearly a week later, April's calf remains unborn.
“No #giraffecam here,” the Denver Zoo taunted in a tweet.
April’s offspring, that has yet to be born, will become her fourth baby but the first calf to be born at the Animal Adventure Park. A naming contest for the newborn will take place after its birth.
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