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Houston Zoo Baby Giraffe Adds Some Cuteness to Your Day (Video)

By    |   Monday, 18 Aug 2014 09:02 AM

A new baby giraffe debuted at the Houston Zoo on Friday, much to the delight of local patrons and animal advocates happy to see the herd increasing.

Time magazine reported that the baby giraffe is a female, named Kamili — which means "perfect" in Swahili. At birth, she stood six feet tall, and weighed 132 pounds.

"We're still at the point where we are weighing her every single day and so sometimes when we go in to encourage her onto the scale, she'll throw a little bit of an attitude at us and throw some hooves around," said keeper Kim Siegl. "So that's kind of fun, that she's already got some spunk to her."

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Spunk is a good sign, as it shows vitality in the young Masai giraffe. Her mother's first child did not survive into adulthood, but Kamili is showing a lot of promise. Her mother's name is Neema, and her father's, Mtembei. They are both seven years old.

Like most calves, Kamili is expected to double in size her over the course of her first year, and may eventually become a mother herself. As a threatened species, the birth of any new giraffes anywhere in the world is a cause for celebration. In the past 10 years, the giraffe population had dwindled by as much as 40 percent by some estimates. There are roughly 100 Masai giraffes in nearly 30 zoos across North America.

"They are definitely a threatened species, their numbers in the wild are dwindling, so having babies is always a good thing," said Siegl.

Kamili is the tenth member of her herd, which includes six males and four females.



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