Como welcomes new baby giraffe to its ranks

Posted on 14 January 2015 by robwas66

IOC01_15GiraffeComo Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe named “Skye” to its herd. Coming in to the world at 6 feet tall and weighing 145 pounds, the baby was introduced to the public in December.

The new baby girl, born Nov. 25, is the fifth calf born to mom, Daisy, and the 18th giraffe birth at Como in the last 20 years. Como’s current herd consists of Clover, Daisy, Skeeter (father) and Skye. The honor of naming the new giraffe was given to a Como Friends supporter chosen at random from among the hundreds of donors who made a gift of $55 or more on Give to the Max Day in November.

The giraffe is the tallest of all land-living animal species. They can be as tall as 18 feet tall and have a prehensile (used for grasping) tongue as long as 18 inches. During the first two years of a giraffe’s life, it doubles in height, often standing over 12-feet tall. Giraffe gestation lasts between 14 and 15 months, after which a single calf is born. Like human fingerprints, the markings or spots of a giraffe’s coat are unique to each individual. Reticulated giraffes are native to the dry savannahs and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa.

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