Giraffe born at NC Zoo [Photo]

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Mother giraffe, “Jamili,” with newborn. (Photo Courtesy: N.C. Zoo)

Mother giraffe, “Jamili,” with newborn. (Photo Courtesy: N.C. Zoo)

ASHEBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Zoo officials on Friday released a photograph of a baby giraffe and its mother — the first giraffe to give birth at the zoo in more than 15 years.

According to zoo keepers, the four-year-old mother — Jamili — gave birth overnight before they arrived around 7 a.m. Friday.

Zoo officials said keepers are experienced in giraffe pregnancies even though there has not been a birth at the zoo since 1996.

Both the mother and infant are doing well, officials said.

Keepers have not yet determined the sex of the baby, as they are waiting to approach the infant and mother until both are stabilized and the baby is nursing, officials said.

Officials are not sure as to how long it will be before the public will be able to access the giraffes.

Jamili was transferred to the N.C. Zoo from the Colorado Springs Zoo in March 2009. The father — Jack — is also 4 years old and was transferred at the same time from the Dickerson Park Zoo.

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