Photos by The Denver Zoo
While many people were watching the Facebook Live stream of a giraffe in labor in New York, another baby giraffe was born at the Denver zoo.
Dobby is the zoo’s newest male reticulated giraffe. His birth on February 28th was quite a surprise, as his mother, Kipele, was on birth control, and it was only recently discovered that she was pregnant. At 23 years-old, Kipele is the oldest giraffe at the Denver Zoo. “Staff was monitoring Kipele overnight when she went into labor,” said Brian Aucone, Denver Zoo senior vice president for Animal Care and Conservation, in a press statement. “Although the birth went well, the calf was not initially nursing. Staff fed the infant and provided critical care in his first hours of life to get him back on track. Now he’s nursing and we are feeling good about his health.”
“While millions were carefully watching the viral sensation of April, a giraffe in New York, we had a (surprise) labor of our own!”
Dobby and his mom spent the day bonding while under the careful eyes of animal care specialists. “The building will remain closed during their first days together to provide them peace and quiet,” the zoo said.
Photo by The Denver Zoo
Dobby is the first giraffe born at the Denver Zoo since October 2010. “Dobby may not have been a planned birth, but now that he’s here, we’re excited to have him and look forward to him engaging with our guests,” Aucone said.