Nashville Zoo announces birth of baby giraffe - WKRN News 2

Nashville Zoo announces birth of baby giraffe

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Nashville Zoo announced the birth of a female Masai giraffe on Tuesday.

The calf was born weighing in at 180 pounds and standing six feet, five inches tall during the early morning hours of December 13.

The baby and her mother, Margarita, are said to be doing well and are resting in the zoo's state-of-the-art giraffe barn.

"We've been tracking Margarita's pregnancy for about a year and estimated her due date to be in early December," Kate Cortelyou, lead giraffe keeper, said. "I arrived at the giraffe barn around 7:30 a.m. to find a dry, healthy, standing baby giraffe, which is the perfect way to find them. We are so thrilled about the latest addition to our herd."

The baby is Margarita's third calf since 2010.

Zoo officials are closely monitoring the baby and will keep her in the giraffe barn for at least the next two months. Keepers will make a decision on the calf's public debut depending on weather conditions.

Each year the Nashville Zoo attracts more than 787,000 visitors annually. For more information on the zoo, visit NashvilleZoo.org.

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