Baby Giraffe Born At Milwaukee County Zoo: See Photos

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.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.

Courtesy of Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo

The giraffe house will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily as the calf learns his or her surroundings, according to the zoo. Giraffes dislike loud noises, so staff from Zootopia are on hand to assist with sound reduction.

Marlee’s third calf, and her most recent, was born on Monday morning. According to the zoo, Marlee’s third calf was born on Monday morning. Maya, one of Marlee’s daughters, was born in 2018 and joined the current herd as a member.

Marlee is a young one-horned rhinoceros from Zoo Miami, the zoo said, who was transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2013. Bahatika is a 17-year-old sambar from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado, who was relocated to the zoo in 2006.

Courtesy of Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo

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The zoo said that giraffes are increasingly rare in the wild and are on the decline. Their status as a vulnerable species was upgraded by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature from “Least Concern” to “Vulnerable.”

Courtesy of Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo

Courtesy of Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo