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Cincinnati Zoo's giraffe is pregnant

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Tessa, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's 5-year-old Maasai giraffe is pregnant again, due in the next month.  

Tessa and her mate, Kimba, are both doing well and currently can be seen at the Zoo's Giraffe Ridge exhibit.

The Zoo ) will be live-tweeting leading up to and during the birth.  You can follow #giraffebirth for the latest updates.

The Cincinnati Zoo's history with giraffe births dates back to 1889 when it became the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to have a giraffe born in captivity. 

This will be Tessa's second calf, her first calf, Zuri, was born in April 2011, but was euthanized at 7-weeks-old after she broke her leg in her indoor stall.

"As emotionally painful as the loss of Zuri was to all of us here at the Cincinnati Zoo, Tessa's pregnancy gives us hope again," said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. "Right now the focus is on Tessa and ensuring she is calm and comfortable as her due date approaches."

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