On Tuesday morning, Greenville Zoo in South Carolina welcomed an adorable newborn giraffe to its menagerie.
A Masai giraffe named Autumn gave birth to the healthy calf at around 6:15 a.m. Live video service EarthCam captured real-time footage of the baby, which tottered around on its spindly legs as Autumn licked and nuzzled its face. The father, Walter, watched the action from a neighboring stall and will stay separated from the family in the coming weeks to allow for bonding between mother and calf.
In 2012, Autumn gave birth to her first calf, Kiko, who now lives at the Toronto Zoo. She also delivered a stillborn baby in 2014. Since a giraffe’s average gestation period can be as long as 15 months, the Greenville Zoo has waited a long time for Autumn and Walter's newest family member to arrive.
A physical examination will determine the calf’s sex, height, and weight. Meanwhile, zoo officials are offering members of the public a chance to name the baby giraffe if they make a donation. Missed out on all the excitement? You can still check out footage of the birth above.
Images via YouTube.