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Baby boom at Busch Gardens Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The baby boom continues this spring, and just in time for Mother’s Day, at Busch Gardens Tampa with the births of a Southern Tamandua and three reticulated giraffes.

The Southern Tamandua was born April 13th. Tamanduas, or lesser anteaters, are native to Central and South America.

Busch Gardens Tampa says baby Tamanduas, or pups, typically spend several months riding on the mother’s back when born.

Both the mother and the pup, which has not been named, are behind-the-scenes with Busch Gardens’ animal care team.

Then, tree baby giraffes - two females and one male - were born on March 12th, 14th and 18th to mothers Bititi, Tequiza and Celina.

At birth, the females stood at 5 feet 6 inches and weighed more than 100 lbs. The male stood at more than 6 feet tall and weighed nearly 150 lbs. Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours they were nursing.

Male giraffes will grow close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall.

All three calves, which have not been named, are currently behind-the-scenes and will be on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain in the coming weeks.

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