Baby giraffe born at Brevard Zoo

Calf, mother doing well, officials say

Published On: Feb 11 2013 04:55:18 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 13 2013 11:09:03 AM EST
MELBOURNE, Fla. -

The Brevard Zoo has a new addition as of last week after a baby male Masai giraffe was born.

The calf weighed in at 159 pounds and both the calf and the mother are doing well, zoo officials said.

“The baby giraffe is doing very well,” said Trevor Zachariah, the veterinarian at Brevard Zoo. "He had some mild weakness in one of his legs for the first two days, but that is now resolved."

This is the fifth birth for mother Johari, said Smurl. Other offspring include Melvin, 7, who went to the Metro Richmond Zoo; Stephanie, 5, who now resides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Joey, 3, and his one-and-a-half year old sister, Zanibou, both reside at Brevard Zoo.