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Busch Gardens welcomes two baby giraffes

Two baby reticulated giraffes were born in June at Busch Gardens, the Tampa theme park announced Tuesday.

Cupid, a 15 year-old giraffe, welcomed her seventh calf June 11. The male calf weighed 188 pounds and was more than 6 feet tall.

Tesa, an 18-year-old giraffe, welcomed her sixth calf June 19. The female weighed 145 pounds and was 5 feet 8 inches.

The babies don’t have names yet, park spokesman Travis Claytor said in an email.

“The animal care team will make that decision in the coming days,” he said.

Both calves were standing within an hour of birth, and nursing within two hours, Claytor said.

The calves were placed in the theme park’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain habitat with other African wildlife.

The reticulate giraffe is one of nine subspecies and easy to distinguish because of its “net-like” pattern, brown-orange spots and thick white lines. They are found in south Somalia, Ethiopia and northeast Kenya.

The gestation period for a giraffe is 14 to 15 months, and the mother gives birth while standing.

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