GREENVILLE, S.C. (WIS) - There is a new giraffe baby at the Greenville Zoo!
Autumn the giraffe gave birth Sunday at 2:28 p.m. and was standing on its own by 3:08 p.m.
The new addition does not yet have a name, and the gender is not yet known by zoo staff.
The calf was seen standing up with its mother on the zoo’s barn camera.
You can watch a live stream inside the Giraffe Barn by clicking here.
“We are excited to welcome our new baby giraffe. This is another success towards ensuring the future of Masai giraffes,” Greenville Zoo Director Bill Cooper said.
City officials say the calf will nurse for nine to 12 months, but will start to eat foliage around two-months-old. Giraffes double in size in their first year of life.
In fall of 2020, zookeepers announced that Autumn was expecting her third calf with Miles, the zoo’s male Masai giraffe.
Autumn was born at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts, on Jan. 7, 2006. She was originally transferred to the Greenville Zoo in 2007 to be paired with Walter, the zoo’s former male Masai giraffe, as part of a breeding loan.