A baby giraffe makes his official debut at the Los Angeles Zoo. Bob Mezan reports.
Baby giraffe makes his LA debut
The Los Angeles Zoo officially welcomed its newest inhabitant, a 13-day old male, Masai giraffe. Born on October 9, the calf has yet to be named by the zoo, but he weighs in at 130 pounds and stands just under 6 feet tall.
The baby calf seemed at home in the exhibit with the rest of his herd, running around his enclosure and getting a little bath from his mother.
Masai giraffes can grow upwards of 17 feet tall, and the calf will likely be 10 feet by his first birthday.
According to the Los Angeles Zoo, they are the largest of the nine subspecies of giraffe and are mainly found in East Africa.
The Masai, as well as all other types of giraffe, are considered ‘under threat’ due to habitat loss, illegal hunting, and disease.