#WildWednesday: A Surprise Arrival!!

Santa Barbara Zoo's keepers were surprised but certainly delighted to
discover that one of the Zoo's new Masai giraffes, Audrey, had given birth to a
male calf (currently off exhibit) on Sunday morning, January 9. The calf, named
Daniel by Chad and Ginni Dreier, was measured at 5-feet 9-inches tall and 106
pounds. He will not be on view to the public for several weeks, until he learns
come in from the giraffe yard to the barn for feedings by keepers.

"Unbeknownst to us, Audrey arrived in Santa Barbara in March 2010 approximately
five months pregnant," notes Sheri Horiszny, Director of Animal Programs.
"Nothing in her records indicated that Los Angeles Zoo keepers had ever seen
their male showing interest in her or attempting to breed her."

Daniel the giraffe calf -
Photo Credit: Sheri Horiszny  – check out more

photos of Daniel

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