Topeka Zoo’s pregnant giraffe ‘Hope’ gives birth


The newest giraffe at the Topeka Zoo is a girl named Elizabeth.

The zoo says an 8-year-old giraffe named Hope gave birth early Tuesday after about an hour of labor. The giraffe’s father is named Sarge.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports zoo director Brendan Wiley said the new calf and her mother likely will remain inside on Tuesday. He said it was doubtful they would be outside because of mud in their exhibit from recent rain.

More than 1,300 people were watching a live stream from the zoo when the calf was born just after midnight Tuesday.

The birth comes after the zoo’s other giraffe, Abi, gave birth to a male baby named Konza on July 11.

You can watch the Topeka Zoo’s live stream to see Hope and the new baby.

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