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Baby giraffe born at Brookfield Zoo

In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe, born June 21, gets the attention of his mother, 7 1/2-year-old Jasiri, at the Brookfield Zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. The male calf is her first birth — and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall. He’s the 59th giraffe born at the zoo.

In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe, born June 21, gets the attention of his mother, 7 1/2-year-old Jasiri, at the Brookfield Zoo's Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. The male calf is her first birth -- and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall. He's the 59th giraffe born at the zoo.

 

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In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe, born June 21, gets the attention of his mother, 7 1/2-year-old Jasiri, at the Brookfield Zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. The male calf is her first birth — and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall. He’s the 59th giraffe born at the zoo.

In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe, born June 21, gets the attention of his mother, 7 1/2-year-old Jasiri, at the Brookfield Zoo's Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. The male calf is her first birth -- and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall. He's the 59th giraffe born at the zoo.

 

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In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe calf born on June 21 at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., seems to be the center of attention June 27, 2013, with other members of the giraffe herd in the zoo’s Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. From left are the calfís mother Jasiri, 7 1/2; Arnieta, 5; and the calfís half-brother Dave, 8 months old.

In this June 27, 2013 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, a male giraffe calf born on June 21 at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., seems to be the center of attention June 27, 2013, with other members of the giraffe herd in the zoo's Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit. From left are the calfís mother Jasiri, 7 1/2; Arnieta, 5; and the calfís half-brother Dave, 8 months old.

 

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The Brookfield Zoo has a new arrival -- a baby boy giraffe that weighs 173 pounds and is 5-foot 9-inches tall.

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The suburban Chicago zoo announced the birth on Tuesday. Zoo officials say mother Jasiri had the baby on June 21. The male calf is her first birth -- and experts say he could grow to 18-feet-tall.

He's the 59th giraffe born at the zoo. His father, Hasani, is on a breeding loan to Brookfield Zoo from Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kan.

Visitors to the zoo can see the mother and baby with the rest of the giraffe herd.

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