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Newborn giraffe doing well in Florida

Feb. 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM   |   Comments

MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A Florida zoo said a baby male giraffe born last week is doing well with his mother and will go on display when zookeepers determine he is ready.

Shelley Szafraniec, spokeswoman for the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, said the unnamed Masai giraffe, born Wednesday to mother Johari and father Raffki, weighed in at 159 pounds and is standing without difficulty, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Tuesday.

The baby giraffe is being kept out of the public eye with his mother until zookeepers decide he is ready to go on display with the rest of the zoo's herd, Szafraniec said.

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