Giraffe calf at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo separated from mother for health reasons

Photo courtesy: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The newest giraffe calf at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is under close watch on Wednesday after a scare earlier in the day. In the afternoon, the zoo announced the calf would be separated from her mother.

"Calf Medical Update: We have decided it is in the best interest of the calf that she be separated from Muziki for now, and she will be hand-reared by our CMZoo staff. She has been moved to the newly created sand stall, which is behind the birth stall, because it is more quiet there. Dr. Liza Dadone, VP and head veterinarian, will give us some additional details live before we sign off for the night. Staff will be with her and providing care through the night."

The problems started when the calf was found " splayed" in her stall. Splaying means that her legs had gone out from underneath her in an unnatural way. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been posting updates on Facebook.