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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Zoo is welcoming its newest member.  A baby giraffe was born there this week.

(credit: Dallas Zoo)

(credit: Dallas Zoo)

Six-year-old Chrystal gave birth to the 6-foot-tall baby boy giraffe on Sunday. He weighs about 120 pounds, according to the zoo and appears to be healthy.

“A new giraffe is always a reason to celebrate,” Kramer added. “They’re remarkable animals, and are seriously threatened in the wild. Conservation is a key mission of our zoo, and this calf’s birth will allow us to offer a timely teaching message about the efforts being made on their behalf,” said giraffe supervisor Lisa Fitzgerald. “We were keeping a close eye on Chrystal,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s been three years since we had a calf, so our team is quite excited. Caring for a newborn this big is always a challenge, but it’s one that we love.”

The Dallas Zoo says the calf could go out into the feeding habitat, with limited access, as soon as next week. The baby will stay with his mom indoors at night for the next three months. After that, he will be big enough to join the rest of the Dallas Zoo’s 12-member giraffe herd, including seven males and five females. Their ages range from the newborn to the oldest, Auggie, who is 12.

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