Created on Monday, 28 April 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is announcing its new baby giraffe is a girl.
In this photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo, 7-year-old giraffe Tessa stands next to her new calf born earlier in the morning, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. The zoo posted photos of the big arrival online but the baby isn't expected to be on public view for several days. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Zoo, Michelle Curley)
The zoo says 7-year-old mother Tessa gave birth to her calf at 5:40 a.m. Monday. The event was featured live on Twitter.
Mother and daughter will be visible through the viewing glass at Giraffe Ridge. It's Tessa's third calf in three years. She gave birth to Lulu in 2012 and to Zuri in 2011. Zuri broke her leg in a stall at 7 weeks old and had to be euthanized.
Tessa and her mating partner, Kimba, have both been at the Cincinnati Zoo since 2008.
The zoo is holding a public naming contest for the newborn. Entries will be accepted through the facility's Facebook page beginning Tuesday and ending Thursday.