Earlier this month, a female giraffe suddenly gave birth to a calf in front of visitors at the Virginia Zoo in the United States, surprising everyone.
The zoo’s official Facebook handle shared a post with a video of a baby and a female giraffe on September 9. According to the post, Imara, the mother giraffe, gave birth to her ninth calf that day.
The calf was able to stand up shortly after birth. Zookeepers were tasked with scheduling a newborn exam to check her health and determine her gender, while monitoring both the giraffe’s mother and cub, the post said.
The video then shows how the mother giraffe approaches the baby and sniffs its head.
Since being shared, the post has received thousands of likes and hundreds of shares. Numerous users congratulated Imara and the zoo.
“Congratulations. We just had a male giraffe last week at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. He was her first born. They are keeping a close eye on him as he is her first,” the first user wrote.
Another user said: “Wow! I remember when her first child Willow was born. Now number 9! Congratulations Imara!”
According to a recent post shared by the zoo two days ago, the calf has been identified as a female and has been named “Tisa”. The zookeepers chose the festive name, which means nine in Swahili and celebrates his birthday (9/9) and the number of calves his mother Imara has given birth to (9!).
“To celebrate his arrival, a special digital Zoodoption package will be available for $9.99 through September 30. Purchasers of the Zoodoption digital special will receive a ‘Sneak Peak’ behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffes, which includes a meet-and-greet with the adopted animal and a personal Q&A with the giraffe’s keeper, ” said the Facebook post.