JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stand by for an overload of cute!

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced a reticulated giraffe calf was born early Wednesday.

There's a bittersweet element to the story, though. The baby's father, Duke, died in December. This was his 18th offspring, zoo officials said.

This is the seventh calf for mother Naomi, the zoo told WJAX. The calf is 187 pounds and 6 feet, 4 inches tall.

“The arrival of our beloved Duke’s son is an especially moving way to honor his amazing legacy," said Dan Maloney, deputy zoo director. "We’re all looking forward to watching this little guy grow and develop.”

Jacksonville zoo welcomes giraffe calf
Jennifer Morgan | Jacksonville Zoo

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