Baby giraffe joins Oakland zoo's family

OAKLAND, CA

Mabusu was formally introduced to the zoo's giraffe population after traveling from San Diego in a trailer, officials announced Monday.

"He proved he is a very adaptable, stoic fellow over his lengthy journey," zookeeper Amy Phelps said in a prepared statement.

The 10-foot tall mammal was chosen from the San Diego Wild Animal Park to participate in the Oakland Zoo's giraffe breeding program, though it will be a few years until he is able to sire a calf, according to officials.

Mabusu is a recommended match for the female giraffes at the Oakland Zoo by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Giraffe Management Program, zoo officials said.

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