A baby giraffe has been born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the calf of 8-year-old Cece and Kimba, the zoo's 12-year-old male giraffe who passed away after complications from foot surgery on Nov. 17. The baby is Cece's second and Kimba's seventh.
“We’re all sad that Kimba isn’t here to meet his seventh calf but thankful that he made such an important contribution to the survival of his species,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s Curator of Mammals Christina Gorsuch in a release. “This baby, and five-month-old Fenn, will ensure Kimba’s lasting legacy.”
The calf, whose sex has not yet been determined, was born at 6:07 a.m. Nov. 23 and is bonding with mama in the Giraffe Ridge barn.
“Our Zoo Volunteer Observer (ZVO) team has been monitoring Cece overnight for almost a month,” said Gorsuch. "They noticed signs of labor at about 4:51 this morning and notified the giraffe team. The calf arrived about an hour later!”
At six-feet-tall, the calf is the 17th giraffe born at the Cincinnati Zoo since 1889, when the first giraffe calf to be born in a zoo in the Western Hemisphere was born there, says the zoo.
The outside of the giraffe exhibit has been "baby-proofed" with canvas, but the calf is not yet on display. The zoo will make an announcement when visitors can see the baby.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.