Healthy baby giraffe born at Houston Zoo

The baby was born Friday afternoon at the Houston Zoo (Houston Zoo)

March 5, 2011 12:37:50 PM PST
It's a girl...a really tall one. The Houston Zoo announced on Saturday the birth of a female Masai giraffe, the first born in the African Forest, the zoo's newest addition. The calf was delivered shortly after 5pm Friday at the McGovern Giraffe Exhibit following a 14-month pregnancy, according to a release issued by the Houston Zoo.

"Tyra (the mother) went into labor at approximately 3:15 p.m. yesterday and delivered her baby 5:15 p.m.," said Houston Zoo Hoofed Stock Supervisor Laurie McGivern, in the release. "The as yet unnamed calf was standing on her own and nursing by 6:15 p.m."

The calf weighs 150 pounds and stands 6-foot-6 and is said to be healthy. This is 12-year-old Tyra's sixth calf.

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