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INSIDE LOOK, PICS: Greenville Zoo Giraffe Pregnant Again

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The Greenville Zoo is busy getting ready for a new addition to its giraffe family.

The zoo announced its giraffe Autumn is pregnant again. She’s going to give birth this summer.

“She's got a baby in her belly," said Jennifer Elrod to her kids as they watched Autumn and her family eating bamboo at the zoo on Monday morning.

The Elrod family, along with families around the world, watched on a live web cam in Oct. 2012 as Autumn gave birth to baby Kiko at the zoo.

“You want to watch it again online on the GiraffeCam?” Elrod asked her son, Brock.

“I would,” said Brock.

“We checked on it every day for months, so we're excited to start watching it again,” said Elrod.

It's going to be a long way down for the baby giraffe. Giraffes give birth standing up.

“The other time, Kiko went plop!” said Elrod’s son, Brody.

“It's about a six-foot drop and, again, we'll have lots of nice soft padding for the baby to land on," said zookeeper Christine Dear.

The zoo will start increasing the amount of food Autumn eats as she gets closer to giving birth. She is eating for two, after all.

“I'm happy for the mother and I'm happy for Kiko too. He's now going to be a big brother," said 10-year-old zoo visitor Peter Gaspich.

But big brother is going to have to move out before the new baby gets there.

“He's getting to be a teenage giraffe and it's about time to get away from mom," said Dear.

When Autumn's new baby is born, it will stay at the zoo at least a year. Then it'll have to move out too. There's just not enough room in the giraffe enclosure for three adult giraffes.

In the meantime, people around the world will soon be able to watch autumn's pregnancy live online again.

“They get interested in giraffes here, maybe they make better conservation decisions down the road. It just helps them get close to these animals that they would ordinarily only see in a book," said Dear.

If you're going to the zoo or plan on watching online, here's what to look out for: Over the next several months, you'll be able to see Autumn's belly get rounder. When she's close to giving birth in July or early August, she'll start pacing around and being restless.


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