CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A first-time mom welcomed a 6-foot-tall, 100-pound bundle of joy at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Wednesday.
Five-year-old giraffe Cece delivered a healthy calf at 10:27 a.m. in her indoor stall. The sex of the baby is currently unknown, according to zoo officials.
"Cece gave us a good indication that something was happening when she refused to leave her stall to go outside this morning," said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo. "Labor started at 9:57 a.m., hooves out at 10, head at 10:22 and birth at 10:27! The birth process can take up to six hours, so 30 minutes is incredibly fast, especially for a first time mom."
Cece and the calf will spend a few days bonding inside Giraffe Ridge and then head out on exhibit with the other female giraffes. The male giraffe, Kimba, will be outside in the new bull yard at first but will be reunited with the full group in a week or two.
"The baby looks great," said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard. "We're very pleased with the way first-time-mom Cece handled labor and delivery.
The baby is the fourteenth giraffe born in Cincinnati.
Cece came to the Cincinnati Zoo in 2013 from the Kansas City Zoo on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan (SSP). Her mate, Kimba, came to Cincinnati in 2008, from the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. He has sired three calves with Tessa and Jambo's calf will make him a five-time dad.
Maynard said Jambo is expecting and due in about a month.