Baby giraffe gets first outside look at Illinois zoo (VIDEO)
Published: April 17, 2013 09:57AM
Updated: April 17, 2013 10:02AM
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This photo taken April 15, 2013 in Brookfield, Ill., and provided by the Chicago Zoological Society shows Dave, a male giraffe calf born at Brookfield Zoo on Nov. 12, 2012 kicking up his heals as the zoo's collection of giraffes experiences their outdoor habitat for the first time this spring. Reticulated giraffes’ are native to northeast Kenya in Africa, so the outdoor temperature at the zoo needs to be at least 45-50°F for them to have access outside. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

BROOKFIELD, Ill. • After a long winter cooped up inside, Dave is getting his first taste of the outside world — and he’s running with it.

The five-month-old giraffe seemed unfazed by the chilly spring weather as he jumped and kicked up his heels while exploring his outside exhibit this week at Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago.

The zoo lets the giraffes out when it’s 45 degrees and sunny or 50 degrees and raining. Though their species is native to Africa, they can withstand those temperatures because they were born in in the U.S.

But unlike Dave, the adult giraffes were much more subdued than usual. Amy Roberts, the zoo’s curator of mammals, says they, like many humans, may be waiting for warmer temperatures to really let loose.