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Giraffe At Greenville Zoo Is Pregnant, Will Give Birth In Summer

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Giraffe At Greenville Zoo Is Pregnant Again Giraffe At Greenville Zoo Is Pregnant Again
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Greenville Zoo announced that Autumn, a 7-year-old Masai giraffe, is pregnant again and should give birth sometime this summer. This will be the second calf for Autumn and Walter, a 8-year-old giraffe.

Their first calf, Kiko, was born in October 2012. Nearly one million viewers worldwide watched the live stream of Autumn's pregnancy through the zoo's GiraffeCam. You'll have the opportunity to watch again during Autumn's second pregnancy.

“This is great news for the zoo, the Greenville community and the giraffe Species Survival Program,” said Greenville Zoo Director Jeff Bullock. “We know the birth of Kiko truly captivated our community, and we hope our new addition will receive the same welcome to Greenville.”

Giraffe births are a bit unusual in that they give birth while standing, and the baby is born hooves-first. A newborn calf, which can weigh between 120-150 pounds and stand 6-feet tall at birth, will usually take its first steps within an hour of its birth. Giraffes are one of the few animals born with horns on their heads. “I want to thank all zoo staff members for providing the giraffes and all the animals in the zoo’s collection with exceptional care,” Bullock added. “It is because of their dedication and commitment that the Greenville Zoo can participate in the Species Survival Programs.”

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