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Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

November 25, 2019 GMT
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A newborn giraffe roams an enclosure with its herd at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Cincinnati. The unnamed giraffe, whose sex has yet to be determined, was born on the previous Saturday morning and its arrival follows the death of its sire twelve-year-old Kimba that died after complications from a procedure to fix his hooves. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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A newborn giraffe roams an enclosure with its herd at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Cincinnati. The unnamed giraffe, whose sex has yet to be determined, was born on the previous Saturday morning and its arrival follows the death of its sire twelve-year-old Kimba that died after complications from a procedure to fix his hooves. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A zoo in Ohio has welcomed a new baby giraffe shortly after losing the 12-year-old male giraffe that sired him.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden says 8-year-old Cece delivered the calf Saturday and mom and baby are doing fine.

Zoo officials say it’s too soon to determine the sex of the six-foot-tall calf.

The calf was the seventh sired by Kimba, who died earlier this month from complications following a surgical procedure on his hooves.

The calf is the 17th giraffe born at the zoo.

Giraffes populations in the wild are being impacted by habitat loss, trophy hunting and illegal poaching, Zoo officials say up to 75% of calves in the wild die in their first few months of life, mainly due to predators.