There’s a baby coming to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, how are you not excited right now?
You know what’s better than waiting for a royal baby? Waiting for a wildlife animal baby! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced last Tuesday that their 10-year-old giraffe, Msitu, is expecting. After some initial testing and "certain behavioral traits," the zoo has confirmed she is a whopping 13.5 months pregnant!
Tick-tock, the clock's tickin' on Msitu and her pregnancy! Courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Facebook).
But don’t worry! Giraffes’ pregnancy terms last about 14 to 15 months in total, so Msitu should give birth within the next few months. She’s already had two happy, healthy calves, and her third looks to be the same.
Nearly everyone in Colorado Springs is just waiting for the cute new baby! Which is where you come in ...
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has set up a contest where you can predict when the new baby will arrive. All you have to do is guess the date, the hour, and the minute the baby is due. You only get one guess, but you can change that guess at any time. If you’re right, you and three friends will receive a (free) behind-the-scenes experience with the giraffe herd!
But hold on, what about a live birth cam? Check and done. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo already has cams on the giraffes, but they plan to have a special birth cam in anticipation for the event. Msitu has already been moved to a sand stall to provide a cushion for when the baby comes (and comfort for mom, of course!).
This announcement is great news all around for the endangered species and the zoo, as they've had quite an eventful (and somber) year for the herd.
Nearly a year ago, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed a new giraffe to the herd, Penny – the zoo's 200th calf. But, unfortunately, due to splayed legs at nine days old, this ended up causing a myriad of other health problems and she had to be euthanized a few months later. A memorial has been planned for Penny, which will be revealed later this summer.
Officials at the zoo also announced in December that Tamu, a 32-year-old reticulated giraffe and the oldest giraffe in North America, died after her health declined drastically.
So, put your baby-watching binoculars on and tell us in the comments when you think the baby will come!