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Baby giraffe makes public appearance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 00:48

July 17 - A six-day-old giraffe makes her debut at a Buenos Aires zoo. Tara Cleary reports.

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Less than a week old and looking a little shaky on her young legs, this baby giraffe still thrilled visitors to the Buenos Aires Zoo. The 11-year-old mother's pregnancy lasted 15 months before she gave birth to a very tall baby - 6 feet 6 inches or nearly 2 meters tall. Zoo veterinarian Miguel Rivolta says the baby will feed solely on its mother's milk for the first four to six weeks. SOUNDBITE: Miguel Rivolta, Buenos Aires Zoo veterinarian (Spanish): "Slowly it starts to transition from a strictly milk diet to one of solids and this takes about six months." The female baby is still unnamed and younger zoo visitors were eager to make some suggestions. Although that seems to be a tall order.

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Baby giraffe makes public appearance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 00:48