Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Denver Zoo welcomes the baby giraffe no one is talking about

Denver Zoo welcomes the baby giraffe no one is talking about

The Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of Dobby, a 5-foot, 73-pound male reticulated giraffe Wednesday morning.

The Denver Zoo quietly welcome the addition of Dobby as the world watches and waits for April the giraffe to give birth to a calf on a live stream from the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y.

Giraffes are a "vulnerable" species, one stop above "endangered", according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which chronicles the status of at-risk species on its internationally-renowned Red List.

The husky's escape act prompted calls to firefighters, who rescued the dog from the roof.

The Denver Zoo has been caring for giraffes since 1973 and since then, more than 70 giraffes have been born and raised at the zoo.

The couple allegedly blended up a fatal concoction of hot sauce, bleach and Comet and poured it down the cat's throat. Zookeepers suspected she might be pregnant, despite birth control, because her stomach and udder were becoming larger.

If you've been to the Denver Zoo, you've probably seen Kipele. Kipele, born at Denver Zoo in August 1993, is the zoo's oldest giraffe.

The birth announcement came as a surprise because the Denver Zoo has a policy of not announcing when its animals are expecting. Staff fed the infant and provided critical care in his first hours of life to get him back on track.

According to, giraffe pregnancies are 15 months long, followed by six months of nursing. Giraffes usually double in height during their first two years, reaching an average height of 12 feet, zoo officials said.

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