If you’re in need of a cuteness overdose to get you through the rest of the week, stop by the Oakland Zoo tomorrow between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the first public viewing of the zoo’s new baby giraffe, Maggie, who was born at the zoo in the early morning hours of Jan. 12. At eighty pounds, 72 inches, and immeasurable amounts of adorability, the long-necked tyke is reportedly the first female giraffe born at the Oakland Zoo in nearly a decade. Her first public appearance comes two days after the Oakland City Council managed to avoid slashing funds to the organization after the City’s recent loss of redevelopment dollars. It’s also just a week before the zoo hosts a conference for the International Association of Giraffe Care Professionals, during which gaggles of researchers, conservationists, and other giraffe devotees will gather to discuss the welfare of the majestic mammals (both captive and wild) throughout the world.
Some interesting giraffe facts: The mammals spend fourteen to fifteen months in the womb and can stand up and walk as soon as thirty minutes after birth. Dang! May Maggie live long, grow long, and prosper.