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Zoo staff to monitor giraffe calf 200 throughout the night

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff has been dealing with an ongoing medical situation with the newest member of the giraffe herd Wednesday.

Giraffe calf 200 was found "splayed" in her stall early Wednesday morning. Zoo staff said this means her legs had gone out from underneath her in a what could be harmful way. Injuries could range from not serious and treatable to life-threatening.

The zoo has been giving live updates via their Facebook page on the giraffes progress throughout the day. As of Wednesday afternoon, medical staff was able to monitor the baby girls' vital signs and gave her an IV to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Following all signs looking good, the calf was reunited with her mom, 20-year-old Muziki, and they were given some quiet time. As the day progressed, experts decided it was best to keep the calf separated from her mother for now.

Zoo staff said the calf's back legs are very weak and the main concern is to keep her from standing up on her own. 

Two vets and the zoo manager and CEO said they will stay with her all night to assure she doesn't try to get up on her own. A sand stall was set up for giraffe calf 200, so she can rest in a quiet place for the night.

An update will be given first thing Thursday morning. 

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