Calf Separated From Mom After Medical Issues « CBS Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — The giraffe calf born last week at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been separated from her mother for specialized medical care, after a health scare on Wednesday.

The calf, known for now as #200, was found splayed in her stall Wednesday morning.

“Splaying means that her legs had gone out from underneath her in an unnatural way,” officials explained. “This can be anywhere from not very serious and treatable to life-threatening.”

“We just want to prepare people for that,” officials said on Facebook.

“We don’t know why it happened but we’re doing everything we can to help her,” officials said on Facebook. “We have all our top people on this.”

In the morning, the mother, Mizuki, was kept in a stall nearby and given one of her favorite treats to keep her occupied, but officials said she had been “checking in” on her calf every so often.

Mizuki (credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)

Officials said they were keeping mom in “visual contact” with her calf.

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