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Photos: Three baby giraffes debut at Busch Gardens

Baby giraffes.

Can we ever get enough of them? No! So it's great that Busch Gardens has announced the birth of three of the adorable animals.

But not only that, the theme park also released photos of a new Southern tamandua, a relative of the anteater. It, too, passes the awwwww test.

Click through the photos above, then ponder some of these facts about the new arrivals.

The giraffes

• The three babies were born on March 12, 14 and 18 to mothers Bititi, Tequiza and Celina.

• There were two females and one male born.

• At birth, the females stood at 5 feet 6 inches and weighed more than 100 pounds. The male stood at more than 6 feet tall and weighed nearly 150 pounds.

• Within an hour of birth, the calves were standing and within two hours they were nursing.

• Giraffes are the tallest mammal on Earth, with males standing close to 18 feet tall and females close to 16 feet tall.

• The gestation period for a giraffe is between 14-15 months, and the female gives birth while standing.

• All three calves are currently behind-the-scenes and will be on Busch Gardens' Serengeti Plain in the coming weeks.

The Tamandua

• Tamanduas, or lesser anteaters, are native to Central and South America.

• Tamanduas have a gestation period of approximately six months.

• When a baby tamandua, or pup, is born, it typically spends several months riding on the mother's back.

• Both the mother and the pup, which has not been named, are behind-the-scenes with Busch Gardens' animal care team.

Photos: Three baby giraffes debut at Busch Gardens 05/08/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 8, 2014 3:12pm]
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