Baby giraffe Beau makes his first appearance at Philadelphia Zoo

John McDevitt
June 19, 2018 - 4:09 pm
Baby giraffe Beau was born nine days ago, the first time a giraffe has been born at the Philadelphia Zoo in seven years.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Words cannot describe how adorable the Philadelphia Zoo's newest member is, so visitors opted for a communal "awww."

Baby giraffe Beau was born nine days ago, the first time a giraffe has been born at the Philadelphia Zoo in seven years.

Momma giraffe Stella still remains extra cautious when it comes to venturing outdoors with her new son in view of zoo visitors.

"She is doing her job," said Andy Baker, the zoo's chief operating officer. "She is watching out for anything that could be a danger to the calf, and of course she is seeing a lot of people and she is seeing cameras and she is seeing microphones. And she is thinking, 'Hmm, I'm going to study this for a while before we emerge.' "

After more than an hour waiting for a peak, mom and baby made an appearance for about 25 seconds, then went back inside their enclave.

Beau stands 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs more than 100 pounds.

He will eventually be introduced to the other two members of his family, his father, Gus, and sister, Abigail.

The preview of the lanky newborn comes ahead of National Giraffe Day on Thursday.

"We'll have a lot of activities here and lots of opportunities to learn more about giraffes and their conservation issues," Baker added.