Baby giraffe born at Memphis Zoo
The zoo said in a statement Friday that the 115-pound baby girl named Maliki was born Jan. 16. It is the zoo's sixth baby giraffe in seven years, and it increases the giraffe herd total to nine.
The proud parents are 19-year-old mother Marilyn and 15-year-old father Kenya. The baby's body has light brown and white coloring that gets darker around her face.
Native to Africa, reticulated giraffes give birth standing and are born with horns on their heads to protect them from a 6-foot fall to the ground at birth. They can grow up to be 15 to 17 feet tall.
The zoo says it has kept reticulated giraffes since 1957.
Critical thinking challenge: If Maliki is just a baby, why is she 5 1/2-foot-tall?
- Posted on January 26, 2013