Mother's Day: Zoo babies and their moms
Cincinnati Zoo Welcomes Third Baby Giraffe . . .
Tessa, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s seven-year-old Maasai giraffe, has given birth to her third calf.
The doting doe delivered a healthy 125-pound female calf in her indoor stall.
Visitors can see Tessa bonding with her daughter as the zoo allows guests to view the pair through the viewing glass at Giraffe Ridge.
Tessa became restless just after midnight on Monday 28 April. Shortly thereafter, overnight staff noticed the even-toed ungulate calf’s hoof coming through. Keepers were immediately called in and over the next five hours Tessa delivered her calf. Soon after delivery, Tessa began licking her calf and the calf successfully stood for the first time at 6:56 a.m.
Because of her very 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 Zoo’s 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 Tessa’s third calf, her last calf “Lulu” was born on October 12, 2012. Thane Thane Maynard, Executive Director at the Cincinnati Zoo said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome another giraffe calf 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.”
**Mandatory credit: Michelle Curley, Cincinnati Zoo **
Where: Ohio, United States
When: 29 Apr 2014
Credit: Mandatory credit: Michelle Curley, Cincinnati Zoo
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