The birth of the new baby giraffe at the Virginia Zoo was a momentous occasion.
Visitors to the zoo on September 9 saw the miracle of birth, when Imara, a Masai giraffe, went into labour and delivered her calf in front of onlookers, as reported in a press release from the zoo on September 19.
Imara gave birth to her ninth and final child, a female calf, which weighed 122 pounds and stood 6 feet tall. According to the Virginia Zoo, Masai giraffes have the potential to reach a height of 18 feet.
Dr. Tara Reilly, a zoo veterinarian, and a team of keepers and veterinary technicians examined Tisa’s calf twenty-four hours after it was born.
Meet the adorable baby giraffe that was just born at the Virginia Zoo http://t.co/WAFQOQePuE pic.twitter.com/kGMLID8F8g
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According to an official statement released by the Virginia Zoo, Tisa “possesses a robust state of health and a wealth of individuality. The calf is getting along great with its mother and nursing. She seems robust, and she’s already taking up running.”
Imara, Billy, Noelle, her calf Mchanga, and Tisa make up the current giraffe herd at the Virginia Zoo.
The birth of Tisa is very significant to the Virginia Zoo since Masai giraffes are critically endangered owing to human activities like as poaching and the destruction of their natural habitat.
Animal lovers who are interested in meeting Tisa can enter a raffle to become her “zoo parents” and see the calf in person. In this case, the revenues go to the Virginia Zoo’s Conservation Fund, among other zoo initiatives. Potential adopters can enter a drawing to meet Tisa and see behind-the-scenes footage of the giraffe enclosure.