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3 Baby Giraffes Born in 3 Months at Southwick’s Zoo

Saturday, April 12, 2014

 

Pinda and her new calf Max

Three giraffes, a female and two males, have been born at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon since January.

Daisy being bottle fed

Two of the calves are being bottle fed, keeping the Southwick’s zookeepers hands full.

Daisy, a female, was born on January 11th. The mother giraffe, Dottie, was unable to feed the calf, so Daisy did not receive colostrum. Colostrum is a type of milk that is very important in building immunity, so Daisy was transported to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, MA where she remained for a week.

Just a few weeks later another giraffe, Maisy, gave birth to a male calf on February 19th. Unfortunately she did not allow the calf, named Rocket, to nurse, so he is being bottle fed by Southwick’s Zoo staff.

Maisy with Rocket

On April 3, a third male calf was born. This calf, named Max, was born to the zoo’s female giraffe Pinda. Pinda and Max are both doing well. Pinda has proven to be a nurturing and protective mother.

Southwick’s Zoo will be opening for the 2014 season on Saturday April 12. The baby giraffes will be on exhibit, weather dependent.

 

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