Dickerson Zoo welcomes new giraffe

Monday, November 12, 2012 | 2:02 p.m. CST; updated 2:09 p.m. CST, Monday, November 12, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — The zoo in Springfield has welcomed a new baby giraffe.

A 20-year-old giraffe named Gidget gave birth to a 159-pound female calf during the weekend at the Dickerson Zoo. Zoo spokeswoman Melinda Arnold  said the calf was found Sunday and is the second giraffe born at the zoo this year.

The Springfield News Leader reports that the baby giraffe appears to be in good health.

Gidget has been at the zoo since 1993 and has given birth to 11 calves.


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