This Newborn Giraffe Will Make Your Day
He couldn’t be cuter.
If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, we’ve got the latest in adorable baby animal news. This past Sunday at 8:40 a.m., the Sacramento Zoo welcomed its newest resident: a male giraffe calf.
While the giraffe is undoubtedly cute (just look at that tuft of hair!), he’s by no means small—the calf was born at six feet tall and weighed in at 163 pounds. He is the son of Shani, a six-year-old female Masai giraffe, and Chifu, a male Masai. The birth of the (still unnamed) calf makes the Sacramento Zoo home to six giraffes total. Masai giraffes are the largest giraffe subspecies, and the three of them join three female Reticulated giraffes at the zoo, which are smaller in size but have a different spot pattern.
The baby—who was able to stand within minutes of his birth—is currently bonding with his mom in the zoo’s giraffe barn until he is ready for the public.
“This is a joyous occasion for the Sacramento Zoo,” Matt McKim, Sacramento Zoo's animal collection director, said in a statement. “The two are not currently visible to the public; we will take cues from dam and the calf as to when they are ready to make their public debut. We hope it will be in the coming weeks.”