Des Moines, Iowa, zoo announced birth of male giraffe

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines has announced its newest addition: a 6-foot, 125-pound giraffe.

The male calf was born Monday to Skye, a 6-year-old giraffe that has lived at the zoo since 2015, the zoo said in a news release. The father is Jakobi, a 15-year--old giraffe that has sired several calves over the years.

Beginning Jan. 28, the zoo will release several possible names and will ask the public to vote on their favorite. Voting will be free, although people will be able make a donation in honor of the new calf.

The Blumenthal indoor giraffe viewing area is currently closed to the public to allow mother and calf to bond. Plans are underway for the public exhibition of the giraffe calf in the coming weeks.