Giraffe calf makes public debut at KC Zoo - KCTV5

Giraffe calf makes public debut at KC Zoo

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

After two months by mom's side behind the scenes at the Kansas City Zoo, a baby Masai giraffe made his appearance on exhibit.

George headed outside to greet visitors and soak up some sunshine about 9:30 a.m.Thursday.

Born on March 15, George stood 6' tall and weighed 175 pounds at his first neonatal appointment.

The zoo's Masai giraffe herd consists of three males, Murphy, Ernie and baby George, and two females, Mahali and Lizzie.

George is the third calf to be parented by Mahali and Murphy. The last giraffe to be born at the zoo was Lizzie in August 2012.

Masai giraffes are native to Tanzania and southern Kenya where they can be identified by their star-shaped light and dark brown spots.

Although George still stays close to mom, the zoo said, he is finding his way and exploring his new home.

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