Our newest addition at the Lufkin Zoo, a six foot tall newborn Masai Giraffe, was born yesterday evening around 6:29 p.m. to mother Emi Lane.

We were told that the birth went smoothly with signs of early labor observed in the early morning hours, with full labor beginning by mid-afternoon on Sunday. For the first few days the mother and baby will be monitored and left to bond with each other. The sex of the baby calf will be confirmed as soon as the staff veterinarian does a “well baby” check.

Due to the cold and rainy weather, the calf will not be on public display. Knowing that zoo visitors will want to see the calf, the Ellen Trout zoo will be posting photographs on their official Facebook page and the calf will make its public debut when the weather is warm enough.