A giraffe born last week at the Oklahoma City Zoo continues to adapt to its surroundings and is getting stronger, zoo officials said.
The female giraffe, which has not been named, was born Sept. 26. It is the offspring of Ellie and Bogy and a sister to Sergeant Peppers, another giraffe born at the zoo last year.
“Both mom and calf are doing well,” zoo hoofstock supervisor Jaimee Flinchbaugh said. “Ellie is a doting mom and her calf is full of energy, personality and spunk.”
The average gestation for a giraffe calf is about 15 months. Giraffes give birth while standing and the calf is born hooves first. About an hour after its birth the calf is able to stand on its own, something that would be important to avoid predators in the wild.
Depending on weather conditions, zoo guests this week might be able to see the new giraffe, which already stands six feet tall. Midmorning and early afternoon hours are ideal times for sightings.
The zoo's twice-a-day public giraffe feeding opportunities will continue, weather permitting. Ellie will not be participating until her keepers believe she is comfortable with the crowds and feeding platform.
Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said staffers are trying to pick a name for the new arrival. Updates can be found at www.facebook.com/okczoobg and on Twitter at @okczoo.