Fourth baby giraffe born at Memphis Zoo

Fourth baby giraffe born at Memphis Zoo
Panya (Source: Memphis Zoo via Abbey Bratcher)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Memphis Zoo has yet another baby giraffe!

The Zoo shared photos of their new baby named Panya, which is Swahili for "tiny" or "mouse," since she is only five feet tall. Most baby giraffes stand at six feet.

She is the fourth baby giraffe to be born at the Zoo and the third giraffe born there in the last four months.

"We are thrilled to welcome Panya into our herd," said Courtney Janney, area curator. "This has certainly been a big year for our giraffes, as we welcomed Panya's half-brothers 'Bogey' and 'Wakati' earlier this year. Three calves in four months is something to celebrate!"

With the addition of Panya, Memphis Zoo's giraffe herd grows to 10. Between 1995 and 2006, Memphis Zoo did not have a single giraffe birth.

Angela Kate, Panya's mother, was the first giraffe calf born at the Memphis Zoo in a decade when she was born in 2006.

Angela Kate's mother "Alta" was a first-time mother and didn't show adequate maternal care. She was hand-reared by Zoo staff, with help from "Marilyn," a giraffe that acted as her surrogate mother.

"Angela Kate is a phenomenal mother," said Janney. "Considering that she herself was hand-reared, she's shown amazing maternal instincts. Marilyn has been behind-the-scenes with both Angela Kate and Panya, and all three have formed a close bond."

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