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Tall Baby: Giraffe born at Detroit Zoo, meets big brother

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DETROIT (AP) -

A 5-foot-tall baby is a new resident of the Detroit Zoo.

The zoo in Royal Oak says the female giraffe was born outdoors Saturday at the giraffe habitat to 7-year-old Kivuli following a 14-month gestation. Animal care staff said she took her first steps within a half-hour of her birth and nursed throughout the night.

The father of the yet-to-be-named calf is 8-year-old Jabari. This is the pair's second offspring in two years; Mpenzi was born at the zoo in 2014.

Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer, says in a statement the calf "has been spending time with mom and is curious about big brother Mpenzi." The calf weighs 166 pounds. Fully grown, she can be 18 feet tall and up to 2,600 pounds.

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