Bringing new life into the world is a lovely process that is frequently an intimate affair, but things may go wrong at any time. The Virginia Zoo recently had a birth in front of an unsuspecting crowd, and a baby giraffe was born right in front of their eyes. Imara, a Masai giraffe, gave birth to her first child in September, providing visitors to the zoo with a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The zookeepers had been anticipating the baby’s birth but were unsure of the exact date. The baby was delivered in the giraffe barn at the zoo in the morning. The calf, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 122 pounds, is happily robust, healthy, and full of personality. Tisa, pronounced Tee-sah, was called after the number nine in Swahili, which represents both her birthday (the 9th day of the 9th month) and the number of calves her mother had given birth to. Billy, her big dad, has already fathered 15 giraffes. To commemorate Tisa’s birth, a special “Zoodoption” package was made available to the public.
Those who purchased the package were eligible to win a behind-the-scenes giraffe tour, as well as a personal question and answer session with the giraffes’ keeper.
Tisa’s birth brings the Virginia Zoo’s giraffe population to five: Imara and her new kid Tisa, Noelle and her child Mchanga (born in December), and Billy the father. Billy and Imara were bred in accordance with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan® for Masai giraffes.
Masai giraffes are darker in color than other giraffe species. Their characteristic patches are formed like vine leaves and are encircled by a lighter, creamy background hue. Masai giraffes are divided into two subspecies: Masai giraffe and Luangwa giraffe. There are around 45,400 of this unique giraffe species left in the world.
Masai giraffes are now categorized as endangered owing to habitat degradation and poaching, so the birth of this newest baby is very significant, according to the Virginia Zoo’s website. The zoo is obviously overjoyed and overjoyed after the very public birth of not-so-little Tisa.
Imara, an endangered Masai giraffe, gave birth to her ninth child in front of ecstatic Virginia Zoo visitors.
The baby giraffe was 6 feet tall at birth and named Tisa, which means nine in Swahili.
The birth of Tisa is significantly important, because her species of giraffe from Kenya and Tanzania is endangered.
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