Things will soon be looking up for many visitors to the Como Zoo in St. Paul, where a giraffe was born this week.
Weighing in at 120 pounds and standing — yes, already standing — 5 feet 8 inches tall, the female calf was born Tuesday morning, zoo officials announced.
The parents are Daisy, who gave birth standing up, and Skeeter. This is her eighth birth and Skeeter’s sixth.
It is the zoo’s 22nd giraffe birth in 24 years.
The yet-to-be-named baby is bonding with Mom before making her public debut next week.
Gestation for giraffes, the planet’s tallest land animals, ranges from 14 to 15 months, and they are born one at a time.