It's a boy! There's a new baby giraffe at this Iowa zoo. Mom and baby are doing just fine.

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A 6-foot, 125-pound giraffe was born Monday, January 18, at Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines.

According to a zoo news release, the male calf was born to Skye, a 6-year-old giraffe who has lived at the zoo since 2015. The father is Jakobi, a 15-year--old giraffe.

“We are fortunate that the birthing process was quick and Skye has been a great mother, allowing the calf to nurse quickly,” said Dr. Drew Gall, zoo veterinarian.

According to the zoo's Facebook page, starting January 28, Blank Park Zoo will release several possible names and will ask the public to vote on their favorite. Voting will be free, and people will be able make a donation in honor of the new calf. More information will soon be available on

Currently the indoor giraffe viewing area is closed to the public while mom, Skye and the calf are bonding, but plans are underway for the public ‘first look’ in a couple weeks.

A giraffe calf was born on Monday, January 18, at Blank Park Zoo!

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Posted by Blank Park Zoo on Friday, January 22, 2021

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