Aw! Phoenix Zoo welcomes first baby giraffe in 12 years

Aw! Baby giraffe born at Phoenix Zoo
Aw! Baby giraffe born at Phoenix Zoo
Posted at 10:52 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 14:25:36-04

The Phoenix Zoo welcomed a baby giraffe last week, its first calf in twelve years.

The zoo said in a release that the 150-pound female calf was born on Tuesday, Sept. 12 and is currently bonding with her mom, Sunshine, in the giraffe barn, which is not accessible to the public.

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The unnamed calf and mom will be in the barn for "a few weeks" before transitioning outside to the Savannah.

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"[W]e will be sure to post frequent updates about the baby on our social media channels and when to expect them to make an appearance," the Zoo said in its release.

Sunshine arrived at the Phoenix Zoo in 2014 in order to mate with Miguu, the zoo's eight-year-old Masai giraffe. Miguu came to Phoenix in 2010 from the Los Angeles Zoo.