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Same dad, two babies: Zoo Miami presents newborn giraffes

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Baby Giraffes-Zoo Miami
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Posted at 7:41 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 08:41:00-04

MIAMI (AP) — A male giraffe has been doing his part to promote Zoo Miami’s breeding program, with two of his long-legged babies born in the last few days.

After a weekend of mother-and-child bonding, a male calf born to 14-year-old Mia made his debut on Monday.

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In this photo provided by Zoo Miami, an unnamed male calf, born on Friday, April 2, 2021, appears with his mother at the zoo on Monday, April 5 in Miami. (Ron Magill/Zoo Miami via AP)

He was the 54th giraffe born at the Miami zoo, and number 55 came quickly: 6-year-old Zuri gave birth Monday to a female calf.

The zoo says the two unnamed giraffe calves are the first offspring of 4-year-old father Malcolm.

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In this photo provided by Zoo Miami, an unnamed male calf, born on Friday, April 2, 2021, is cleaned by his mother at the zoo on Monday, April 5 in Miami. (Ron Magill/Zoo Miami via AP)

Giraffe populations in the wild have dropped significantly in recent years and are now officially listed as vulnerable.