Msitu's Temporary Overnight Birth Cam
UPDATE!! Msitu's female calf was born Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Mom and baby appear to be doing well and nursing successfully. Zoo guests are able to visit mom and calf, a small number at a time, in the Zoo's giraffe barn.
Welcome to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's temporary giraffe "Birth Cam"! Msitu is pregnant with her third calf. This live cam shows our birthing stall, which will mostly be active overnight between 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. During daytime hours, our mom-to-be will typically be with the rest of the herd, until we see signs of the actual birthing process. You may see some other giraffe visiting the stall during the day, or keepers tending to it.
If Msitu is outside with the herd, you may also be able to see her Zoo's outdoor GiraffeCams (http://cmzoo.org/giraffecam).
Records show that conception was April 4, 2018, so our next giraffe baby is due any day now. Msitu's first calf, Emy, was born in Aug. 2013 and now lives at Peoria Zoo. Her second calf, Rae, was born in April 2017, and is the smallest member of our CMZoo herd.
You are invited to make your own guesses about when the newest member of the CMZoo giraffe herd will be born at http://www.cmzoo.org/guess. The person who guesses the correct hour, minute and date of birth will win a behind-the-scenes animal encounter with the CMZoo giraffe herd. You can change your guess at any time, but only the most recent guess will count. See the contest page for all the rules and details.
You can also watch for weekly updates at https://www.facebook.com/CMZoo. Updates are planned for Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. MDT.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a non-profit, AZA-accredited zoo in Colorado Springs, CO, and it has one of the largest reticulated giraffe herds of any North American zoo. We currently have 15 in our herd!
At night, our camera automatically shifts into night-vision mode, and two dim red lights on the stall will help us view the giraffe at night. The red lights are enough for the giraffe to be visible with night vision, but not enough to disturb the natural daily cycles that our giraffe are used to. Although they are used to it being dark at night, they still only sleep about 20 to 60 minutes per night, just as they would in the wild. Giraffe can sleep standing up, so it is not usual for them to stay standing throughout the night, or to lay down for a portion of the night.
The first thing you will see when the time comes is two front hooves emerging from mom. After that, you should see the head. The back hooves will usually be the last thing to emerge, and then the calf will drop to the ground, naturally severing the umbilical cord and stimulating baby's first breath. After that, mom will encourage the calf to stand up within about an hour after birth, which can sometimes look like she's nudg...
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