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It’s a girl! Franklin Park Zoo welcomes baby giraffe to Boston

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 10/8/2021 Cassie McGrath, masslive.com

Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo announced the birth of a female Masai giraffe calf on Sept. 22. At more than 6-feet, she is the tallest baby at the zoo.

Her mother, Amari, a 5-year-old giraffe, was also born at Franklin Park.

“The calf seems exceptionally friendly, bold, and curious. I was impressed that, once she was stable and confident enough to take her first, tentative steps, she walked right up to me before I could exit the stall,” Senior Veterinarian in Zoo New England’s Animal Health Department Dr. Chris Bonar said in a press release. “So far, Amari been very attentive, which is especially important for a first-time mother.”

Within 30 minutes of her birth, she attempted to stand, according to the zoo. The staff intervened to help the calf steady herself and then moved her inside the Giraffe Barn, the release said. Soon after, she was walking around by herself. The calf appears to be healthy and alert, coming in a 170 pounds in her physical examination.

“We are thrilled to share the news of this birth,” John Linehan, Zoo New England President and CEO said in the release. “While this little giraffe is sure to steal people’s hearts, she is also an important ambassador for her species. By watching her grow, we hope that people will develop a better appreciation and understanding of giraffe, a species whose numbers in the wild have plummeted in recent years.”

The baby is bonding with her mom currently but her exhibit debut will be announced on Facebook.

Zoo New England, which includes Franklin Park and Stone Zoo, is a participant in the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan which helps maintain genetically diverse and demographically stable captive populations, according to the release.

The number of giraffes in the wild has dropped dramatically with little notice and have already been declared extinct in seven African countries, the zoo said, with population surveys estimating an overall 40% decline in the global giraffe population.

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