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Blank Park Zoo giraffe expecting

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DES MOINES (WHO) -

A giraffe at the Blank Park Zoo proves she can keep a secret. Next month, she'll give birth.

The baby will become the fifth member of the zoo's giraffe herd.

A giraffe pregnancy takes up to 15 months, and they really don't show, but that's not why this pregnancy surprised the staff.

"It wasn't a totally planned birth, like it was for the black rhino," said Kevin Drees, who works at the Blank Park Zoo. "She's an older giraffe that we thought.... she was sterilized by birth-control a decade ago, and she had been with the bull for all these years, and never got pregnant, but now she did."

It's great timing, because a new giraffe barn is set to open next spring.

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