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Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe
CINCINNATI -- Tessa, a 7-year-old Maasai giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo, has given birth to her third calf.
Tessa delivered early Monday morning a healthy, 125-pound female calf in her indoor stall. While Tessa and the calf spend time bonding indoors, the Zoo will allow guests to view the pair through the viewing glass at Giraffe Ridge.
Were incredibly excited to welcome another giraffe calf at the Cincinnati Zoo, said Thane Maynard, Executive Director at the Cincinnati Zoo. Both Tessa and the baby are doing well and will spend time bonding indoors over the next few days. Tessa is a great mom and the calf appears healthy and strong.
Because of her public birth, the Zoo has decided to ask the public to suggest names for the calf on its Facebook page. Names will be collected through Tuesday, April 29, and on Thursday, May 1, the Zoo will announce the final four for the public vote.
The Cincinnati Zoos history with giraffe births dates back to 1889 when it became the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to have a giraffe born in captivity. This will be Tessas third calf, her last calf Lulu was born on October 12, 2012.
Tessa, who weighs 1,660 pounds, came to the Cincinnati Zoo in 2008 from the Houston Zoo for the opening of Giraffe Ridge. The father, Kimbaumbau (Kimba) also came to Cincinnati in 2008, from the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. Both Tessa and Kimba can be found at Giraffe Ridge.
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