Giraffe gives birth at Nashville Zoo

Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:54am
Staff reports
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Margarita cares to her new calf. (Amiee Stubbs/Nashville Zoo)

The newest resident at Nashville Zoo is female giraffe born early Sunday morning.

Nashville Zoo giraffe Margarita gave birth to a female calf on Sunday, June 10, at approximately 6 a.m. Zoo workers are currently monitoring mother giraffe Margarita and her calf, which at four days old stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Zoo officials expect to decide soon when the new calf will make her public debut. A YouTube video of the calf can be seen here.

“We’ve been watching Margarita very closely in anticipation of this event,” said Mammal Curator Connie Philipp. “This is her second calf, and she is showing us some great maternal skills. We look forward to showing the new calf to our guests soon.”

Margarita gave birth to her first calf, Suzasita, on Nov. 3, 2010, which was later sent to The Wilds in Ohio to be introduced to her new herd.

Nashville Zoo’s 1.5-acre Giraffe Savannah opened in April 2006 thanks to contributions from philanthropist Maggi Margaret Turner, the Vandewater family and hundreds of supporters who contributed to the Zoo’s “Stick Your Neck Out” campaign.

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