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Dallas Zoo live streams birth of baby giraffe

By Danielle Haynes

DALLAS, April 7 (UPI) -- The Dallas Zoo's giraffe Katie is about to give birth to a very big baby and the facility is allowing animal lovers the chance to watch the whole thing live.

The zoo has partnered with Animal Planet to live stream the birth of the baby giraffe, which is expected to come any day now.

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Animal Planet installed eight cameras in Katie's stall to keep a close eye on her as she nears her due date.

Newborn giraffes usually weigh in at between 100 and 150 pounds and stand at about 6 feet tall.

The calf will fall from about 5 to 6 feet in the air head- and hooves-first at birth, and should be up on its wobbly legs within about an hour.

This will be Katie's second calf. She is already mother to a 4-year-old named Jamie.

Katie's main trainer, Allison Dean, says the giraffe is known for her personality and diva tendencies.

"She is very good at communicating to me and the other keepers how she's feeling," Dean told Animal Planet. "She has expressive body movements and facial expressions. She can really tell you what she likes and doesn't like."

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