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A Tel Aviv Zoo Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Nov 14 2011 - 11:30am

A 1-day-old baby giraffe cuddles up close to its mother, Dikla, a giraffe at the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo near Tel Aviv. This long-legged baby can already walk and is covered in fur. Click through to see adorable pictures of this baby giraffe as well as learn some new facts about giraffes.

Each giraffe has unique spotting [1], even though from afar it looks the same.

A baby giraffe can stand half an hour [2] after being born.

This mother shows some affection and helps clean up her baby.

The scientific name for a giraffe is camelopardalis [3], which means a mix between a camel and a leopard. The ancient Romans and Greeks thought that was what a giraffe was.

The mother is attentive to her baby.

Giraffe babies are up to six feet tall and 150 pounds [4] when they are born.

Giraffe babies are ready to run up to 10 hours [5] with their mothers just after birth.

The natural habitat [6] for a giraffe is an open, grassy field.

An adult giraffe's neck [7] is up to six feet tall.

A giraffe's tongue [8] is over a foot long, usually up to 21 inches long.

Mama peeks over the fencing to see what's going on.

Can you believe that this baby is only 1 day old?

Giraffes spend between 16-20 hours [9] a day feeding.

Dad pokes his head around to check on the baby.

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