KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Zoo Knoxville's newborn baby giraffe is stepping out.

At less than a week old, it took its first steps outside the barn - following mom Frances into the sunlight on Friday. 

This is the first calf born at Zoo Knoxville in 17 years. 

No word yet if its a boy or a girl - or if they have a name in mind. 

The zoo said it is making plans to hold a special after-hours event for annual passholders and Circle of Friends members when they feel the baby is ready to make its public debut.

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