10/23/2015 06:28 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 05:12 EDT

Calgary Zoo Announces Birth Of Baby Giraffe


CALGARY — A tall order months in the making has arrived at the Calgary Zoo.

The zoo says a healthy girl giraffe was born on Thursday after a gestation of almost a year and a half.

The baby long-neck belongs to mother Carrie, 22 years old, and father Nabo, who is five.

The zoo says the giraffe took its first wobbly steps minutes after her birth and is thriving.

Carrie and her calf are spending time bonding in private and will not be visible to zoo-goers until next week.

Zoo spokeswoman Colleen Baird says there are positive signs that Carrie is nursing her baby.

“As gestation for giraffes is about 15 months, we have been carefully watching over Carrie, and now the day has come to celebrate," Baird said in a release Friday.

It's the fourth offspring for Carrie, who gave birth to Jeffrey in 2000, Sherri in 2008 and, most recently, Jengo in 2011.

The Calgary Zoo has had 16 successful giraffe births.

Carrie has been at the zoo since 1994 when she arrived from the Indianapolis Zoo. Nabo joined her in 2012 from the Louisville Zoo.

Wild populations of giraffes are estimated to range between 80,000 and 140,000, and face increasing threats from habitat loss and poaching.


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