Baby giraffe greets visitors at Utah's Hogle Zoo
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Hogle Zoo has a new resident: a baby giraffe.
The zoo says the 6-foot bundle of leggy joy was born Sept. 23, and mom and baby girl are doing great. They spent the past week bonding and were displayed to the public in the giraffe yard for the first time Wednesday.
Hogle Zoo has displayed giraffes since 1969 and has had 16 successful giraffe births.
The baby giraffe's mother is 9-year-old Kipenzi, who also gave birth in 2009 to Jamar, a male giraffe that died eight months later.
The new baby's father, Riley, was sent to the Oregon Zoo a few months ago due to limited space while construction begins on the zoo's African Savanna.
Riley will return to Hogle Zoo upon completion of that exhibit in 2014.
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