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Baby giraffe and giraffe facts

New giraffe born

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - A special event at Bright's Zoo has some folks rubber-necking to get a look at a new addition to the zoo family.

A giraffe has been born to parents Vallerie and Melmac.

Weighing in at around 150-pounds and standing at six feet tall, the calf is doing well.

Zoo employees have waited for about 13-months for the birth, and say this is the first for mother Vallerie.

Zoo Director David Bright says, "It was a long labor. She was in labor for about an hour and a half. We stayed out of her way. We actually shut this part of the zoo down so there was no public walking around during that process. We wanted her to feel as secure as possible."

Bright says the calf seems to be nursing normally and everything is going well so far.

With all of the giraffe-mania, we decided to check out some giraffe facts. Here are our top 11:

The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world.

They only sleep between 10 minutes and 2 hours a day.

No two giraffes have the same spot pattern.

Their tongues can get up to almost a foot and a half long.

Their necks are too short to reach the ground for drinking, so they have to kneel down.

Giraffes can run up to 35 miles per hour.

They only drink once every few days because they get sufficient water from their diet of vegetation.

Giraffes can live to up to 25 years in the wild, but even longer in captivity.

They have four stomachs.

A giraffe's spots get darker as they get older.

Giraffes can walk within an hour of being born, and run in only 10 hours.

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