HOUSTON -- The Houston Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Masai giraffe.
Mom Tyra delivered the healthy male calf shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at The African Forest following a 14 month pregnancy.
Tyra went into labor at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 4 and delivered her baby boy at 12:49 p.m., said Houston Zoo Giraffe Senior Keeper Kim Siegl. The calf was standing on his own by 1:17 p.m. and was nursing by 1:57 p.m.
The calf weighs 165 pounds and is 6 and a half feet tall. He s a big healthy boy, said Siegl.
This is 15 year old Tyra s eighth calf. The proud father, Mtembei is 6 years old. With this new arrival, the Houston Zoo s herd of Masai giraffe has grown to 9, including 6 males and 3 females.
The giraffe keepers who cared for Tyra during her pregnancy and were present for the birth will have the honor of naming the newest addition to the Houston Zoo s giraffe herd.