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Missouri zoo introduces its new 'tiny' baby giraffe — and it's a boy

Giraffe born at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri

Mili the giraffe gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Springfield. It's the second giraffe born there within a year.
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Mili the giraffe gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday, May 3, 2018 in Springfield. It's the second giraffe born there within a year.

A zoo in southwest Missouri introduced a new baby giraffe to the public on Friday.

"It's a boy for Mili & Grady! Come meet our newest arrival born yesterday afternoon," the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield announced on its Facebook page Friday.

The baby boy doesn't have a name yet. He was born Thursday afternoon.

And for a giraffe, he's tiny, zoo spokeswoman Joey Powell said. He's about 4 1/2 to 5 feet tall — small in comparison to Clementine, another giraffe born at the zoo last August.

Typically, newborn giraffes are 5 to 6 feet tall, Powell said. His half-sister, Clementine, was almost a foot taller when she was born.

The zoo said the baby is a first for their 5-year-old female giraffe named Mili, and second for the father, Grady.

Both the mother and newborn are now on exhibit for the public, though they are being kept in a separate yard from the rest of the herd and observation deck.

It's not the only Missouri zoo to celebrate the birth of a giraffe.

The Kansas City Zoo welcomed Dixie, a 6-foot-tall giraffe born Feb. 2.

Dixie, a young giraffe at Kansas City Zoo, greeted visitors during her public debut on Wednesday. The 6-foot-tall calf and her mother, Lizzie, have not been on public display since Dixie's Feb. 2 birth as zoo officials waited for warmer weather.

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