The female calf was the third baby reticulated giraffe born to Marlee, zoo officials said. The 6 foot tall calf was “spunky and strong.”
Reticulated giraffe Marlee gave birth to a female calf on May 27, the Milwaukee County Zoo announced. (Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo)
A reticulated giraffe gave birth to a female calf at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the early hours of May 27, according to the zoo. The unnamed calf was sired by Marlee and Bahatika, who is named after one of his brother’s wives.
After being separated from her mother for two-and-a-half days, the calf was rushed to a veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. She weighed 164 pounds and was nearly 6 feet tall, according to a zoo statement. During the day, zookeepers haven’t seen the calf nurse, but she’s been described as “spunky and strong,” suggesting that she was getting enough nutrition.