Clovis zoo’s baby giraffe makes debut

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Seven-week-old Jerrica was made available for public viewing for the first time Tuesday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Jerrica, who was born at the zoo, was placed in an exhibit next to her mother, Jael. Assistant Zoo Director Mark Yannotti said, “I’ve never seen it this busy in all of my 26 […]

Baby giraffe named Jerrica

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Tonjia Rolan A frequent visitor to Hillcrest Park Zoo with her two children, Rebecca Holt jumped at the chance to enter the city’s contest to name a baby giraffe born in late January. Her winning entry of Jerrica was announced Wednesday by zoo director Vince Romero. Holt said the name came to her while she […]

Official: Baby giraffe doing well

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Tonjia Rolan Hillcrest Park Zoo’s 3-week-old baby giraffe has grown about 2 inches and is doing fine, according to assistant zoo director Mark Yannotti. Yannotti said Tuesday zoo staff are working around the clock to keep up with the young giraffe’s demanding feeding schedule. The unnamed baby was born Jan. 25 and is the zoo’s […]

Friday morning briefing: Name a long-necker, Valentine fun and Tyson goes down

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Name the giraffe The deadline for submitting a name for Clovis’ new baby giraffe is fast approaching — 5 p.m. Feb. 29. The winner of the contest gets a one-year free pass to the zoo and their name on a plaque. Submissions must be […]

City announces giraffe naming contest

Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis announced Friday a contest to name the giraffe born Jan. 25 in the Hillcrest Park Zoo. The Parks and Recreation Department is accepting suggestions via mail to 500 Sycamore, Clovis, NM 88101. Entries should include contact information for the submitter, including a name, address and phone number or […]

Clovis zoo has baby giraffe

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Kevin Wilson The Clovis zoo’s newest arrival was somewhat of a surprise to zoo staff. Jael the Giraffe gave birth at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night to a 6-foot female baby. Her father is Jay, who died Feb. 3 at the zoo, 2011, as a result of a fall on an icy sidewalk. “It’s a […]

Zoo officials: Giraffe died after fall

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Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe Jay the giraffe slipped on ice and fell, suffering a head injury. That injury followed by exposure to cold prompted a decision to euthanize him. The giraffe was found Saturday on the ground of his pen around 7:30 a.m. with a wound to his head that was, “bleeding profusely,” […]

Newest Clovis zoo giraffe dies

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Jay, a giraffe who had resided at the Hillcrest Park Zoo for approximately four months, died Saturday. City Manager Joe Thomas said zoo staff found Jay down in his pen Saturday morning. Staff immediately called local veterinarians, who worked from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas said. “After consulting with the veterinary school at Oklahoma […]

Clovis zoo hoping to land mate for giraffe

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Freedom New Mexico City zoo officials hope a tall order can be finished in the next few weeks. Staff at the Hillcrest Zoo have found a male giraffe after a year-long search, allowing for breeding with Jael, a female giraffe at Hillcrest in her gestation period. The Clovis City Commission would need to approve a […]

Some people just aren’t that smart

Helena Rodriguez I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, the brightest crayon in the box, the most luminescent lava lamp in the room, the coolest Coors Lite in the six pack, but lately, I have heard people say some pretty stupid things. Oops, we’re not supposed to use the word “stupid.” Let’s […]