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Images: A Baby Giraffe Is Born

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Mother giraffe and calf staring

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Mother Margarita and calf. Margarita the giraffe just gave birth to a female calf at the Nashville Zoo on Sunday, June 10.

A baby giraffe smile

The giraffe calf born at the Nashville Zoo on June 10 smiles.

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Just four days old, the baby giraffe already stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall (1.9 meters) and weighs about 160 pounds (73 kilograms).

Smooch

Mother giraffe and calf kissing

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Mother and calf are doing well and are currently off exhibit, the zoo said. Zoo officials plan to carefully monitor the baby's development and will make a decision on her public debut in the coming weeks.

Baby stands

Giraffe calf standing

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Masai giraffe are native to the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania in Africa and are known for their oak-leaf shaped spot pattern. They are the tallest giraffe subspecies, and the tallest land animal on Earth.

Nuzzle

Mother and calf nuzzling

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monitor the baby's development and will make a decision on her public debut in the coming weeks."We've been watching Margarita very closely in anticipation of this event," said mammal curator Connie Philipp in a statement. "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."

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