FORT WORTH -- If the Fort Worth Zoo handed out cigars for births, it would be hard-pressed to find any big enough to celebrate the arrival of Tatu.
The newest resident of the zoo, born July 29, weighed in at 165 pounds and measured 6 feet tall, bigger than many of her human keepers. The female giraffe was just allowed into the giraffe exhibit this week after some bonding time with Mother in the barn.
"She needed some time to adjust to her surroundings and for she and Mom to get used to each other," zoo spokeswoman Alexis Wilson said. "But she went out with the herd earlier than expected. She's extremely healthy and active. She was ready."
Tatu is the third calf born to Kala. Her name means "three" in Swahili. The reticulated giraffe herd at the park now numbers five, including one male, Oscar. (He is obviously the sire.)
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She is the 24th calf born at the Fort Worth Zoo since it added giraffes in 1952. She is also the largest giraffe calf born there.
When Tatu grows up, she will likely hit 15 feet tall and weigh close to 2,500 pounds.
For information, go to www.fortworthzoo.org.