Baby giraffes are taking the nation by storm.
We’ve all followed and anxiously awaited the birth of April’s baby in upstate New York:
While her calf is taking its sweet time to make its entrance into the world, Bogey was born in Memphis:
And a surprise calf was born in Denver at the beginning of March:
But Clutch City won’t ever be outdone, and following about 15 months of giraffe pregnancy, mom Tyra gave birth to a Masai calf at the Houston Zoo this week!
As the largest subspecies of the nine known types of giraffes, Masai babies can weigh up to 150 pounds at birth and are usually born around six feet tall. Due to the effects of poaching, conservationists estimate less than 80,000 are left in the wild.
The 6’3”, 139-pound calf, who has yet to be named, is the sixth Masai at the Houston Zoo, and while she’s not quite ready for her public debut, a portion of zoo ticket proceeds go to protecting giraffes in the wild, so be sure to plan your next trip today!
We love you, baby Masai!