JACKSONVILE, Fla. - An eight-month-old giraffe calf, Babe, is recovering from a surgery to repair its fractured jaw at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
The injury was discovered by zoo staff on February 8 which resulted in thecalf breaking two and one half inches off her front lower right jaw, some teeth and a small portion of her lower lip.
A veterinary surgeon operated on the calf repairing its fractured jaw on February 12.
"The Zoo is very encouraged by Babe's response since the operation. She's eating well, staff has her under close observation, and appropriate post-operative care is being done to encourage an uneventful outcome," said Dan Maloney, Deputy Director of Education and Conservation at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Babe's mom, Zawadi, has also been very vigilant in watching over her calf, Maloney said. Zooofficials are cautiously optimistic that the calf will make a full recovery.