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Wildlife Safari welcomes first giraffe calf born at park

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Kelley, a male calf, was born to mom Miya and dad Mate on Sunday, May 15. (Photo: Facebook/Wildlife Safari) Kelley, a male calf, was born to mom Miya and dad Mate on Sunday, May 15. (Photo: Facebook/Wildlife Safari)
WINSTON, OR (KPTV) -

Wildlife Safari is celebrating a first for the drive-through wildlife park: A baby giraffe born on the property.

Park staff say Kelley, a male calf, was born to mom Miya and dad Mate on Sunday, May 15.

Kelley may be cute, but he's not little. Already bigger than the average human, Kelley measures 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs in at 175 pounds.

Staff say both mom and calf are doing well.

"Kelly is doing great," said Head Veterinarian Benji Alcantar. "A very healthy giraffe male calf. He got his first physical on Monday and he passed with flying colors."

Kelley is considered a common giraffe, since he was born to parents of both Rothschild's and Reticulated subspecies.

Kelley's birth is part of a new giraffe breeding program at Wildlife Safari, which aims to increase variation in the genetic pool of captive giraffes as well as to increase their overall number.

Park staff say they'll keep Kelley with his mom in an area away from the public for a month or two before allowing him to venture out into the drive-through area with the rest of the animals.

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