Newborn giraffe at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo taking a bottle after infection

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The newborn giraffe calf at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is doing well, according to zoo officials.

The zoo shared an update on the giraffe calf’s condition on Tuesday after reports that it had been fighting a gastrointestinal infection.

Zoo officials say the calf is now taking a bottle from caretakers with the help of a stuffed frog.

Young giraffes normally suckle under the shadow of their mother’s belly, and the stuffed frog has helped zoo staff simulate that experience for the calf.

Nutrition and veterinary teams have been working together to prepare a daily regiment of formula to feed the calf.

Feedings have been happening four to five times a day at four-hour intervals, according to the zoo.

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A name for the giraffe has yet to be announced, but the zoo says it plans to share it in the near future.

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