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Live-streaming webcam footage of baby giraffe at Houston Zoo, Texas. U.S.A.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

After a 14 month pregnancy an adorable female baby Masai giraffe was born to 7 year old parents; Mum Neema and Dad Mtembi at the popular Houston Zoo in the USA state of Texas. Filmed by their live-streaming giraffe webcam and recorded webcam footage is available on the Houston Zoo website and YouTube.

Their daughter was born at 7.20 am on Sunday 3rd August 2014 after a short labour. Given that this little baby giraffe weighed in at a whopping 132 pounds and stood at six foot tall, I’m sure that Neema was grateful that her 14 month labour was over and had produced such a babe.  The birth took place at the McGovern Giraffe Habitat at Houston zoo in the State of Texas, USA.

The Giraffe keepers who cared for Neema have chosen the name Kimili – it is an African name which aptly means ‘Perfection’

Kimili stood unaided & begin suckling within the first hour of life. For the first four to six months, baby giraffes drink milk from their mother and after that time thet begin eating leaves. If the babies cannot reach trees with available leaves, mothers will pull leaves off and feed them to the babies. Giraffes can eat up to 75 lbs. of foliage per day and spend as much as 18 hours per day consuming leaves … their particular favourite is the Acacia tree. Good job then that they are the tallest mammal in the land and can reach the branches easily and that their tongue is long & dextrous – so much so that a giraffe can clean its ears with its own tongue. Tasty!

Watch the live video streaming webcam at Houston Zoo - HERE