Zookeeper Report

1890653_10151681060022465_843054183_oWe recently celebrated the 5th birthday of Molly, a reticulated giraffe.  We made her a “cake” of carrots, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce and grain to celebrate her special day.  She devoured the goodies, but we were able to share some with the rest of the giraffes!  As you have probably seen, we have had two baby giraffes born here since the New Year.  Daisy was born on Jan 11, 2014 and was very sick shortly after birth.  However, with the help of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Daisy is a healthy giraffe and stands at over 7 feet tall!  Rocket was born on February 19, 2014 and was smaller than Daisy at birth, but we think he will grow big and strong. We are really excited about the babies and can’t wait to share them with our visitors in April.  This has been a long winter for all of us and we are ready for Spring!

Zookeeper Report

daisy1_17_14On Saturday, January 11, 2014 , our reticulated giraffe Dotty gave birth to a calf we named Daisy (150 lbs, 6ft).  Dotty was not interested in her calf.  She has never seen a calf before (Dotty was born here at the zoo and is the second youngest female here) and we believe she didn’t quite know what to do after the birth!  Our veterinarian made a quick, life saving decision to take her to Tufts so she can get the urgent care she needed.  We get constant updates from Tufts and one of us goes up there to check on her each day.  Great News!  She should be coming home very soon, maybe today!  We are really excited and a little bit apprehensive as she is a large calf that will need constant care and attention.  However, this is one of the reasons we do what we do.  It is amazing to be able to see new lives born and grow into the most beautifully amazing creatures, we are blessed.  Thank you to everyone who have been asking about Daisy and her mom.  Dotty is doing very well and her milk has dried up so we will have to feed Daisy till she is off formula.  Can you keep a secret?  We may have another blessed event here at the zoo soon…we’ll keep you updated!