The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens have another important addition to their family, a male baby giraffe.
13-year-old Lune gave birth for the 6th time. The little boy was born on June 2. After checking up on him, zookeepers said that both the mother and the baby were healthy.
The Zoo says, “Our giraffe tower grew by another long neck. Today, 13-year-old Luna gave birth to her sixth calf — on exhibit! Animal care staffs continue to monitor mother and calf…”
A newborn examination revealed that the calf was a boy. He spends most of the day near his mother. Sometimes he even hides between her legs.
The towering gentle giant’s legs alone were taller than most humans. As a result, while covering short distances, they can run 35 miles an hour. Whereas, when covering longer distances, they go 10 miles per hour.
Also, their height gives them an advantage. They can easily find their food in the treetops, which are inaccessible to most animals. Giraffes eat hundreds of pounds of leaves a week and have to often travel for miles to find them.
Females are born standing up, so they fall from a height of 5ft or more to the ground when being born.
Males are taller and heavier. The female ossicones have fur on the top. On the other hand, male ossicones are bald. They provide protection for males if they’re to combat. It is a manifestation of strength and is known as “necking.”
Each giraffe has a different pattern, although individuals from the same area often appear similar.
Their groups depend on several factors, such as ecological, temporal, and social aspects. Groups of giraffes are usually genderless. However, there are exceptions to this.
The Jacksonville Zoo is definitely the cutest new arrival. Be sure to spot baby giraffes if you happen to be visiting anytime soon.