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Here is Zoo keeper aka mom I’ve got children and animals everywhere shirt. Hello Beau! We’re so excited to welcome this new bundle of derp into the world! He was born around 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 10th. “We’re so excited about this handsome giraffe. He’s already stolen our hearts” -Dawn, Philadelphia giraffe keeper. His mom, Stella, is being just the best giraffe mom. She initially exhibited behaviors we don’t normally see from her, such as snorting at keepers and kicking at doors, but all these behaviors tell us she is doing what she is suppose to do as a momma giraffe.
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Since the birth, she has calmed down quite a bit and is willing to let a variety of keepers in to say “hi”. When we first gave them access to yard, it appeared as though both mom and baby wanted to go out and explore, but it seems Stella is a bit hesitant to let baby Beau out of the “playpen”.. .aka their stall. Beau has been able to go a few times into the yard to check out the haps. Usually for several seconds or up to a few minutes before Momma Stella ushers him back inside. Exactly what we expect out of them.
Baby steps people! Get it? Baby steps? Bah dum tsh. It a big world world out there, full of zoo guests, strollers, umbrellas, weird colors, the big open sky, trees, other animals, new scents, and a whole variety of sensations us humans don’t understand. It can be very scary to a newborn giraffe! Beau’s dad, Gus, is hanging out a few stalls down. They are separated for the time being, but will be introduced within a few weeks depending on how the rest of the herd and Gus are responding to the baby. Get Zoo keeper aka mom I’ve got children and animals everywhere shirt now!
Gus is currently able to visually see little Beau and keepers will assess how to proceed in coming weeks. Beau’s sister, Abby, is right next to mom and baby. They currently don’t share a stall, but are able to see and touch each other. Both Abby and Beau have been licking one another through the stall doors (seriously adorable), which is exactly what we hope to see. If everything goes according to plan, Abby and the other two should be together within a few days.