Baby giraffe makes debut at Brookfield Zoo

November 22, 2012

The Associated Press

A baby giraffe has made his debut at Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago.

Zoo officials say the baby boy was born Nov. 12 but didn't go on public display until Wednesday. His mother is five-year-old Arnieta and his father is four-year-old Hasani. The baby boy weighs 140 pounds and is six feet, two inches tall.

The baby is the 58th giraffe born at Brookfield Zoo. Zoo officials say it's an important birth because he is the first offspring for Arnieta and Hasani. Hasani arrived at Brookfield Zoo in 2010 and is on a breeding loan from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kan.

Giraffes give birth standing up after 14 1/2-month-long gestation period.

When fully grown, the baby could potentially be 18 to 19 feet tall.