Fans wish a new giraffe calf a happy birthday.
A giraffe was born at Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Monday. The adorable event was shared via a livestream of the park’s indoor giraffe camera.
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Bailey, the proud mother, first showed signs of giving birth Monday afternoon.
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“After weeks of waiting, 8-year-old Bailey is working on her first calf,” the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.
“The team is all there to help with a secure delivery. Our first indication that the labor started was the calf̵
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Zoo noted that the hind hooves should be the last to appear before the giraffe calf got its approx. 6 foot drop to the 6 inch sand below in the special sandbox that Bailey was moved to. The fall naturally cuts off the umbilical cord and stimulates “the baby’s first breath,” it shared.
Fortunately, the birth went smoothly, and “the calf and mother seem to be doing really well,” the park wrote.
Those who lined up for the special event were happy with the birth and commented on how “cute” the latest addition was, congratulating the new mom.
“Bailey continues to control her good mother Bailey,” one person wrote.
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“Such a sweet,” wrote another.
“I am soooo happy that Bailey had her little one today. I am going on holiday tomorrow and I was sure I would miss the birth, ”wrote an excited fan.
Bailey’s calf will join the other 16 reticulated giraffes at the zoo.
“In the last 30 years, there has been an estimated 50 percent decline in wild reticulated giraffe populations. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation estimates only 15,780 reticulated giraffes remain in the wild, ”shared the zoo.
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