SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Utah’s Hogle Zoo introduced a new baby to the family.
The zoo welcomed new baby giraffe, Georgetta, on September 17.
Giraffes can be about 5 feet tall when they’re born! This little pile of limbs was immediately cleaned up by mama, 16-year-old Pogo, and was standing up nursing within the hour.
When she was born, Georgetta weighed 150 pounds but as of Thursday, she is 5′ 9″ tall and weighs 163 pounds.
“This is really exciting,” said Melissa Farr, lead keeper in African Savanna. “Giraffes are pregnant for a really long time so it’s something you anticipate and wait for and it’s finally here. We’re so relieved it was an easy pregnancy for Pogo and to have a healthy little girl.”
Georgetta, named by a generous donor to Hogle Zoo, stood within 20 minutes of being born. Pogo began cleaning her immediately. Georgetta is Pogo’s third calf and zookeepers say she’s doing well.
Zoo representatives say the pair will be greeting guests, as baby and mostly mom allow, during the first half of the day.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo has had 18 successful giraffe births since 1969.