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Giraffes, anteater born at Busch Gardens

Start thinking of cute baby animal names.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has three reticulated giraffe calves and a southern tamandua pup that will soon go on display at the theme park.

The tamandua, also known as a lesser anteater, was born April 13. Native to Central and South America, tamanduas typically spend several months riding on the mother’s back.

The giraffes, two females and a male, were born in March to mothers Bititi, Tequiza and Celina. The female calves were 5-foot-6 at birth, and the male was more than six feet tall.

Both the tamandua and the giraffes are currently behind the scenes with Busch Gardens’ animal care team. Visitors will be able to see the giraffe calves on the park’s Serengeti Plain habitat in the coming weeks, Busch Gardens said.

None of the new animals have been named yet.

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