Baby giraffe born at OKC Zoo

Posted on: 12:39 pm, October 1, 2013, by , updated on: 07:51pm, October 1, 2013

Courtesy: Jaimee Flinchbaugh

Courtesy: Jaimee Flinchbaugh


OKLAHOMA CITY – Fall isn’t the only thing that has just arrived.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating its own special delivery–a baby giraffe! After a long 15-month pregnancy, Ellie the giraffe finally gave birth to a little six foot tall girl last Thursday.

Baby giraffes generally begin to walk about an hour after being born, and they can run around after a just few hours. Female giraffes can grow up to 14 feet tall and can weigh up to 1,500 pounds.

Baby giraffes drink milk from their mothers until they are about a year old. Soon after that, they are tall enough to reach leaves to eat.

Though the baby giraffe doesn’t have a name yet, her caretakers at the OKC Zoo describe her as spunky and outgoing.

But you’ll have to go at a special time to see her. She will only be in the giraffe yard from mid-morning through the early afternoon hours.

MORE: Get updates on the giraffe and her name here