ST. PAUL, MN -- How do you raise a baby Giraffe? That question is answered best by the zookeeper staff at the Como Zoo. The first step began before the baby was born.
"We fill the floor with four to six inches of sand. Just to make a softer place for the baby to be born and to give the baby a little more footing when she is trying to stand up for the first time," Adam Nigon, Como Zookeeper, said.
Giraffes are born at about six feet tall...and for a few months the baby will be nursed by the mother.
The baby giraffe won't be on a solid food diet for a few more months but, as you can see in the video above, the male giraffe does love a tasty treat.
The primary diet are grasses and alfalfa, but all adult giraffes will stretch their necks for fresh greens.
The new giraffe also gives the zookeepers a chance to learn more about how they interact and raise their young. The staff will then share that knowledge with other zoos.
"Giraffe are really under-studied in the wild and their population in the wild over the last ten years has declined significantly," Nigon said.
The more they learn about this baby, the more information they'll have to help turn the population around.