GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA)–Greenville Zoo’s nine-year-old Masai giraffe, Autumn, gave birth at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Both Autumn and the calf are doing well, and the zoo’s medical staff is monitoring the calf to make sure it is standing and nursing like it should.
The zoo staff will perform a routine neonatal exam on the calf within the next couple of days to determine the calf’s height, weight, and sex.
Autumn and her calf will be separated from the father, Walter, for the next few weeks to allow them to bond, and to give the calf time to gain some strength.
The zoo is currently closed for maintenance, but zoo officials are allowing the public to submit male and female baby names for the calf online until Thursday, Feb. 11th, at 12 p.m.
You can also participate in the contest to name the calf here.
Once the contest is over, zookeepers will pick a favorite and announce it at a news conference they will be holding on Friday, Feb. 12th.
They will introduce the calf and share its sex and vital statistics at the news conference as well.