Move over, April: Denver Zoo quietly welcomes baby giraffe

Move over, April: Denver Zoo quietly welcomes baby giraffe

For now, mom and son are getting time to bond in private, out of public view in the zoo's giraffe house.

Anyway, Dobby is the first giraffe born at the Denver Zoo since 2010, and they're happy with the surprise.

Zoo officials said the pregnancy itself was "unplanned" and that Dobby's mother, Kipele, was actually on birth control. He measures 5 feet tall and weighs 73 pounds, both small figures for a newborn giraffe.

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"We're celebrating the birth of Dobby, Denver Zoo's newest reticulated giraffe calf!" zoo officials said on Facebook. "Now he's nursing and we are feeling good about his health".

Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY has been providing updates to April's condition through Facebook Live, and have even set up a live stream to let the world bear witness to the birth.

The park's live stream was interrupted briefly last week when YouTube pulled the feed after someone reported the images contained explicit material and nudity.

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All eyes are on April the giraffe, who is expecting a calf any day now.

Dikembe, Dobby's father, was born at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in December 1993, and arrived at Denver Zoo in February 1996.

"No #giraffecam here", the Denver Zoo taunted in a tweet.

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The zoo, which unveiled April-inspired emojis and t-shirts as the fan base for the 15-year-old long-necked beauty continues to swell, said twin Barbados lambs and a Patagonian Cavy were born early Wednesday. Kipele carried the bundle of joy for 15 months and will spend the next six nursing her son.

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