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All eyes on Greenville Zoo as baby giraffe expected any day

Autumn the giraffe with her first calf Kiko not long after his birth. (File/FOX Carolina) Autumn the giraffe with her first calf Kiko not long after his birth. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

With her due date around the corner, all eyes are on Autumn and the giraffe paddock at the Greenville Zoo.

Masai giraffe Autumn's second calf is due sometime this summer and zoo officials said they can see the baby kicking every day.

Thousands watched the birth of Kiko, Autumn's first calf, in October 2012 through the zoo's EarthCam livestream.

Many are still glued to the live feed awaiting the birth. Watch live cameras from the zoo's giraffe paddock and barn here.

Autumn is weighed daily to check the progress of her 15-month-long pregnancy. When the time comes for her to deliver, she will give birth standing up and the calf is born hooves-first, weighing between 120 to 150 pounds and standing 6' tall. Giraffe calves usually take their first steps within an hour of its birth.

Both Walter and Autumn are on a breeding loan to the Greenville Zoo. Autumn is from the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, which is where Kiko will return. Walter is from the San Diego Zoo, which is where the second calf will one day return and the pair's third calf will remain in Greenville.

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