150-pound giraffe born at SF Zoo

February 25, 2008 1:35:24 PM PST
A 150-pound giraffe calf was born this morning at the San Francisco and zoo officials say the female is doing well.

San Francisco Zoo spokeswoman Lora LaMarca said the calf was born between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. and stretches about 5-and-a-half-feet tall. The baby giraffe hadn't nursed by about noon, which might result in bottle-feeding, but LaMarca said she seemed in good health otherwise.

The calf has not named but her parents' names are Gezi and Floyd. The parents have been on exhibit at the zoo for more than five years.

This is the second baby Gezi has birthed. Both Gezi and her baby will be running around enjoying the sun in the African exhibit, LaMarca said. She said babies are usually adopted or transferred somewhere else but this one will most likely stay.

The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14 and 15 months.