Virginia Zoo welcomes child giraffe after a shock beginning

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NORFOLK, Va. (WRIC) — Guests to the Virginia Zoo lately bought to expertise one thing surprising — the beginning of a brand new giraffe calf proper in entrance of them.

On Friday, Sept. 9, Imara, one of many zoo’s Masai giraffes, gave beginning to her ninth calf. The beginning was distinctive from the start — it occurred within the giraffe barn and guests have been in a position to expertise the beginning alongside zoo employees.

Due to each her birthday and the variety of Imara’s births, the child was named Tisa, which implies 9 in Swahili.

Based on zoo employees, Tisa weighed 122.5 kilos at beginning and stood 6 toes tall. Zoo giraffe keepers stated that Tisa rapidly stood up after beginning and started nursing, which giraffe calves usually do about half-hour after being born, in line with Nationwide Geographic. Zoo employees additionally stated she is already studying methods to run.

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To rejoice Tisa’s arrival, the Zoo is providing a digital “Zoodoption” particular to symbolically “undertake” Tisa till Sept. 30. Anybody who purchases the adoption provide will likely be entered to win a behind-the-scenes giraffe tour.

Tisa and her mother, Imara, bond after Tisa’s beginning on Sept. 9, 2022 on the Virginia Zoo. Credit score: The Virginia Zoo.

Masai giraffes, that are native to japanese Zambia, are at the moment listed as endangered because of habitat loss and poaching. The Zoodoption program goes in the direction of giraffe conservation efforts in addition to animal care on the zoo.

You’ll be able to see a full video of Tisa’s first moments after beginning on the Virginia Zoo’s Fb web page.

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The Virginia Zoo is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is positioned at 3500 Grandby Road in Norfolk.

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