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Henry Doorly Zoo welcomes giraffe calf

Posted at 8:28 AM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2019-04-23 21:37:49-04

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo has a new member, a female giraffe calf born on Tuesday. 

According to a release, Layla, a seven-year-old giraffe, went into labor around 8 a.m. and the calf was born around three hours later. 

Giraffes are listed as a threatened species and the population has declined by 80 percent over the last 30 years, there are now 237 reticulated giraffes in zoos. 

The Henry Doorly Zoo says zoo visitors are invited to help name the calf by submitting a name in the giraffe herding room between Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. 

The calf's height and weight are unknown at this time.