New giraffe born at Niabi Zoo

Posted on: 9:08 am, June 4, 2012, by , updated on: 03:08pm, June 4, 2012

giraffe at Niabi Zoo - from Niabi Zoo facebook page

Zoo officials say the newest member of the giraffe family will be out for viewing by the end of the week of June 4.

Twiga, a six-year-old female giraffe at Niabi Zoo, gave birth to a 152-pound baby boy at 2:59 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Twiga was pregnant for about 14 months before she gave birth to the six-feet-tall baby.   

Interim zoo director Marc Heinzman said the zoo will hold a contest to name the new baby, just like it did for Miya.  Miya was born to Mimi in September 2011.

Kenya, a six-year-old male, fathered the newest addition to the giraffe herd. 

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