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Baby giraffe born at Brookfield Zoo

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In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe, born June 21, gets the attention of his mother, 7 1/2-year-old Jasiri, at the Brookfield Zoo's Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit in Brookfield, Ill. The male calf is her first birth _ and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall. He's the 59th giraffe born at the zoo. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Brookfield Zoo has a new arrival - a baby boy giraffe that weighs 173 pounds and is 5-foot 9-inches tall.

The suburban Chicago zoo announced the birth on Tuesday. Zoo officials say mother Jasiri had the baby on June 21. The male calf is her first birth - and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall.

Hes the 59th giraffe born at the zoo. His father, Hasani, is on a breeding loan to Brookfield Zoo from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kan.

Visitors to the zoo can see the mother and baby with the rest of the giraffe herd.

 

Posted 7/3/2013