Kipele, an older giraffe at the Denver Zoo in Colorado, was believed to be past reproductive age. At 23 years old, she is middle-aged, right around the giraffe equivalent of menopause.
In fact, the Denver Post notes, “Kipele is the oldest of the zoo’s giraffes.” Zookeepers put her on birth control just in case, but they didn’t think she would need it.
Still, you know the expression, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry?” Apparently, it applies to giraffes too.
Sweet little Dobby was born in late February 2017. He weighed in at just 73 pounds, and measured 5 feet tall.