New Baby at the Saint Louis Zoo

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Tuesday, May 23 2006 May 23, 2006 Tuesday, May 23, 2006 4:20:36 PM CDT May 23, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Saint Louis Zoo has a new addition: A baby giraffe born five days ago. The 138pound youngster stands more than five feet and looks little compared to his towering parents, Jessie and Dexter. The zoo reports the giraffe is the tallest living land animal with heights ranging from 14 feet to 18 feet. Pregnancies last 15 months. Mother giraffes are affectionate and protective, licking and touching their young frequently. The species are at risk in the wild because of habitat loss and hunting. The zoo participates in a national breeding program designed to ensure the species' survival. Mother and baby can be seen in the giraffe yard or at the Antelope House. Admission to the zoo is free.

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