Look What The Stork Dropped In!
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is pleased to introduce a 6-foot bundle of leggy joy: Our new baby giraffe, Willow!
Meet Willow, our newest family member.
The young female hit the ground – literally – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 12:23pm. Giraffes face up to a 4-foot fall when they’re born! The little pile of limbs was immediately cleaned up by mama, 13 year-old Pogo, and was standing up nursing within the hour.
Willow, the keepers estimate, is six feet tall and weighs roughly 125 pounds.
“We are very excited to have a baby giraffe; she is absolutely precious,” said Holly Peterson, giraffe keeper. “Her mom is doing such a great job with her – she’s protective and attentive. And Riley is also curious about the little one; he’ll stick his head over from the neighboring stall to sniff her.”
Father, 12 year old Riley, returned to Hogle Zoo after a brief stay at Oregon Zoo while construction of the new African Savanna was completed.
Giraffes have been an important part of Hogle Zoo since 1969, and the Zoo is proud of the 17 successful giraffe births over that time period.
“I believe we have the 2nd oldest giraffe, ‘auntie’ Daphne, and the youngest giraffe, Willow, in the country,” Peterson said. “And our other females, the aunties, are doing great with Willow. They seek her out to sniff and lick her – it’s awesome.”
Mom and baby are doing great. They’ve been spending the last week bonding. They will not be able to greet the public, however, until the weather warms up a bit.
Mom, Pogo, and baby Willow