Giraffe to give birth at Niabi Zoo

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The Niabi Zoo's giraffe Mimi is about to give birth.

This is not the first time that a giraffe has given birth at the zoo. The giraffe Twiga gave birth to Wally in June of 2012. Wally has since left Niabi.

This giraffe will be the fourth one that's at the zoo. Director Marc Henizman says that Mimi is do "any day now."

The father of the giraffe is Kenya. Kenya is also Wally's father. He is the only male at the zoo, but that could change in the next couple of weeks.

There is no word on the baby's sex yet. Heinzman says they won't be able to tell the baby's sex until it is born. Last month, the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission decided that the zoo will soon give up its two elephants, Babe and Sophie.

The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets cost $7.25 for adults and $5.75 for children.

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