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These newborns at Zoo Miami are big, really big — and now the public can see them

Zuri reaches out to her new son at Zoo Miami on Feb. 27, 2019, when the baby made his exhibit debut. The baby, which has not been named, was born on Feb. 13, 2019.
Zuri reaches out to her new son at Zoo Miami on Feb. 27, 2019, when the baby made his exhibit debut. The baby, which has not been named, was born on Feb. 13, 2019. Zoo Miami

Two baby giraffes spent Wednesday morning exploring their new digs at Zoo Miami.

It was the first time since they were born earlier this month that they were introduced to their exhibit in the African Plains area of the zoo.

And the public loved them.

“The people who were here this morning were so excited to see them,” said Ron Magill, communications director at Zoo Miami. “All you heard was ‘look at the babies.’’’

The baby boy, which has not yet been named, was born Feb. 13, weighing 123 pounds. He is the first baby of his mother, 4-year-old Zuri.

The female giraffe made her entrance on Feb 20, weighing 161 pounds. She is her 12-year-old mother Mia’s sixth baby.

When giraffes are born, they often are 6 feet tall, or more, Magill said.

The father of the babies, 6-year-old Titan, has since left Zoo Miami to join another herd at Busch Gardens in Tampa.

On Monday, Zoo Miami announced that one of its African elephants, 50-year-old Cita, died from injuries suffered in a fight with another elephant at the zoo, Peggy, who knocked Cita down.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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