Frances the giraffe welcomes calf at Knoxville zoo

Frances the giraffe gave birth to her calf on Monday. (Photo: Zoo Knoxville)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTHR) – Move over, April. There's a new giraffe in town!

Just a little over a week after announcing that Frances the giraffe was nearly ready to give birth, she welcomed her baby to Zoo Knoxville around 3:23 a.m. Monday.

In an announcement posted on Zoo Knoxville's Facebook page, zoo staff say Frances' calf is nursing and appears to be healthy.

Over the next few days, the zoo will monitor the calf to make sure it is getting enough nourishment and gaining strength.

This is the first giraffe birth at Zoo Knoxville in 17 years.