NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville Zoo’s Nasha the giraffe is going to be a mom, and you’re all invited to witness this miracle!
On Friday, zookeepers said they have noticed Nasha has started producing milk, which is an early sign that she is preparing for delivery.
Nasha is a 6-year-old Masai giraffe giving birth to her first calf. The gestation period for a giraffe is 15 months so she’s been pregnant since the Fall of 2019.
Zookeepers also explained that Nasha’s labor will be “noticeable.” Other signs that she will be giving birth soon include: increased movement & urination, she may stop eating, tail sticking straight out, and looking uncomfortable overall.
The veterinary team conducts ultrasounds on Nasha monthly to track the calf’s heart rate and growth. The newborn calf will likely be standing within an hour after birth.
She shares the giraffe barn with Congo, a 16-year-old male, and Tazama, a 3-year-old female.
Check in on the live cameras set up at the Nashville Zoo to watch the birth of her baby calf!