Mazal Tov: Israeli Zoo Celebrates Birth of Baby Giraffe

Ramat Gan Safari staff aided the labor of female giraffe Dikla after the calf's legs became entangled around his neck.

A joyous occasion took place at the Ramat Gan Safari on Monday, as one of the safari's female giraffe's gave birth to a healthy baby boy, after a lengthy and complicated labor.

Dikla began birthing the baby giraffe at 1 P.M., when chief safari veterinarian Yigal Horowitz noticed that the process was stalling, prompting safari staff to aid the labor.

Dikla, a female giraffe, licking her one-day-old calf in their enclosure at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv November 14, 2011. Reuters

The veterinary staff then noticed that the calf's legs had tangled around its neck, eventually succeeding in removing it safely. Dikla then proceeded to lick her newborn, which was standing on his own within the hour.

In line with custom, safari staff are now turning to the public to suggest names beginning with the letter "d."