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Seattle Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

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File image of baby giraffe (AFP PHOTO   DDP/ MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/GETTY IMAGES)

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SEATTLE (AP) — An examination of the giraffe born Tuesday at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle reveals that it is a boy.

The zoo says the 6-foot tall calf is nursing normally and seems to be doing well. He’ll be 18 feet tall when fully grown.

The zoo says he’ll be named privately. His mother is 6-year-old Olivia. The only other giraffe at the zoo is Olivia’s 5-year-old sister, Tufani.

The father was Chioke, who died in January at the age of 7 from stomach and kidney problems.

The calf should be following his mother out of the barn in a week or two and will be introduced into the African Savanna exhibit in a few months.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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