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Tough Start For Zoo Baby

A baby giraffe at the Louisville zoo is improving after a tough start to life, but he isn't out of the woods yet.

11-year-old Masai giraffe Malaika gave birth to baby Bakari on February 17th.

Zoo officials say Bakari had trouble standing on his own, which worried staff members at the zoo because it is important for new babies to nurse within 24 hours so they can receive essential immunity from mother's first milk (called colostrum).

Since Bakari couldn't stand to nurse, the Zoo's veterinarians gave him an IV with antibodies to help strengthen his immune system.

Bakari is doing better, but he still has trouble standing by himself for long periods of time.

He's the 19th giraffe calf born at the Louisville Zoo. There are now four Masai giraffes as the zoo: baby Bakari; mother Malaika, Mariah, a 21-year-old female; and Walker, a 14-year-old male.


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