Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for fans of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
One more elegant wonder of nature arrived on that day in January with the birth of a giraffe. The first-time mother is 12-year-old Jurz and the father is Mosi.
The giraffe’s arrival comes not long another recent Fossil Rim announcement — the birth of a rare white rhinoceros calf in December.
Both of the new calves will be named soon by donors, according to a Fossil Rim spokesman.
Jurz is a nickname in honor of Christine Jurzykowski, a former co-owner of the wildlife preserve ranch that is now known as Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
The calf can be viewed now a Fossil Rim, and officials there expect it will be able to walk among the visitor vehicles on its own sometime this spring.
The last giraffe born at Fossil Rim that still lives there was Nyla, born on April 18, 2015. There was one previous giraffe, Hobbs, born at Fossil Rim (December 27, 2015), but it has since been moved to the Abilene Zoo.