Reticulated giraffe calf born for first time in 8 years at Obihiro Zoo

The reticulated giraffe calf (foreground), the first to be born at Obihiro Zoo in 8 years, with its mother Yururi (courtesy of Obihiro Zoo)

Obihiro Zoo in the Tokachi region of eastern Hokkaido announced on June 13 that Yururi, a five-year-old female reticulated giraffe, had given birth to a calf. This is the first time in eight years that a giraffe has been born at the zoo. The date on which the calf will be available for public viewing has not yet been determined, but will depend on its physical condition.

Born on June 10, the calf is the first born to Yururi and Maple (7-year-old male), who was also born at the zoo.
At the time of birth, the calf measured approximately 180 centimeters long, and stood for the first time approximately 90 minutes later. The calf is growing well and spends its time running towards Yururi and drinking her milk. Yururi is also said to be taking care of the calf, by licking its face and body.
The calf’s name will be determined by means of a vote among visitors to the zoo, and zookeepers will prepare a list of candidate names to be displayed in front of the giraffe enclosure.


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