Gulf Breeze Zoo's new arrival is a 6-foot tall baby giraffe

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GULF BREEZE, Florida — The Gulf Breeze Zoo has a new addition — a baby giraffe that is more than 6 feet tall.

Gideon the giraffe was born in March to Gabby and Geronimo. His mother was monitored closely by zoo officials during her 15-month gestation period.

Zoo director Stephen Jagielski says Gideon is showing signs of personality. He told the Northwest Florida Daily News ( ) that Gideon is independent, which is good since he'll be separated from his parents after about two years.

For now, the giraffe family is together and zoo visitors can see them. Gideon joins other babies, including a kangaroo, a Thompson gazelle and a pygmy goat.

Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Florida),

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