Baby giraffe born on wildlife preserve

SANTA ROSA, CA

The calf was born sometime between 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., spokeswoman Aphrodite Caserta said. When staff came into the preserve this morning the mother, a 5-year-old named Mara, was nuzzling with the calf.

While the male giraffe has yet to be christened with a name, he stands around 6 feet tall and weighs around 110 pounds, Caserta said. He is the ninth calf to be born at the preserve.

Safari West is a 400-acre wildlife preserved started in 1989 dedicated to preservation of endangered and exotic species through breeding, education, research and public interaction, according to the organization's Web site.

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