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Topeka Zoo welcomes newborn giraffe; another expected soon

July 11, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Zoo is welcoming a newborn giraffe.

Abi, one of two pregnant giraffes at the zoo, gave birth Wednesday to a baby named Konza.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the calf has been expected since late June when staff first thought Abi could go into labor.

Zoo officials announced in March that Abi, who is 7, and 8-year-old Hope were pregnant. The calves were conceived with Sgt. Peppers, who was transferred to Topeka from Oklahoma City in 2013.

Hope is expected to give birth within a month.

Hope was born at the Topeka Zoo in 2010. Abi arrived in Topeka in 2015 from the Albuquerque, New Mexico, BioPark Zoo

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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