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Female Giraffe Born At Nashville Zoo

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A female giraffe was born last week at Nashville Zoo.

The calf was born early Friday morning to Margarita, one of the zoo's Masai giraffe. The baby stands 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds.

"We've been tracking Margarita's pregnancy for about a year and estimated her due date to be in early December," said Kate Cortelyou, lead giraffe keeper. "I arrived at the giraffe barn around 7:30 a.m. [on Dec. 13] 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 unnamed calf is 9-year old Margarita's third calf. Her first was born in 2010, and the second, a female named Camilla, was born in 2012 and recently left Nashville to join her permanent herd at the Columbus Zoo.

With the calf's birth, the Zoo is home to three Masai giraffe and one reticulated giraffe.

Zoo officials will carefully monitor the baby's development inside the giraffe barn for the next two month. After that, keepers will make a decision on her public debut depending on climatic conditions.

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