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Audubon welcomes baby giraffe

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A 6-foot-tall male reticulated giraffe calf arrived on the morning of January 9 at the West Bank campus of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. / Audubon Institute A 6-foot-tall male reticulated giraffe calf arrived on the morning of January 9 at the West Bank campus of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center. / Audubon Institute

The Audubon Nature Institute welcomed the first baby of the year in the form of a 6-foot tall male reticulated giraffe calf.  The baby giraffe was born on January 9 at the Audubon Institute's West Bank campus of the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in Algiers. 

The calf's mother Tumaini, the institute says, began going into labor at around 6:30 am and didn't deliver her calf until four hours later. 

Staff at the Survival Center say that the gestation period for giraffes can be anywhere from 14 to 16 months, which can make it difficult to difficult to snag down an accurate delivery date. Thankfully for the care staff, Tumaini gave birth during the day, making for a rare event for all those involved. 

The Survival Center says that Tumaini was already pregnant when she arrived at the facility last spring from Texas. 

The newborn baby giraffe currently does not have a name. With the new addition, the center now has 8 giraffes, three males and five females.

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