DENVER — The Denver Zoo welcomed a baby giraffe Tuesday as the nation anxiously awaits the arrival of another giraffe across the country.
Dobby was born to mother Kipele around 3 a.m. measuring 5-foot-7 and weighing 73 pounds, PIX11 reports. Officials say Dobby was very small and not well when he was born.
It was a surprise to zoo officials to find out Kipele was pregnant.
“Zookeepers suspected she might be pregnant, despite birth control, because her stomach and udder were becoming larger,” said a zoo statement.
Veterinarians confirmed Kipele was pregnant and her due date was close.
Meanwhile, the New York zoo enters the seventh day of live streaming a giraffe preparing to give birth. April the giraffe from Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville has amassed a following of more than a million people on YouTube.