Giraffe calf at Indianapolis Zoo makes public debut

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 8, 2016)-- Mshangao, the Indianapolis Zoo's new reticulated giraffe calf, took advantage of the nice weather Tuesday and made his public debut!

Mshangao will be two months old on Wednesday and is already seven feet tall. He spent most of the day investigating the Giraffe Exhibit presented by Meijer, but he never wandered too far from his 18-year-old mother, Takasa. Mshangao is Takasa's sixth calf.

"Little" Mshangao is growing fast, the zoo says. When he was born on Jan. 9, he was six feet tall. He'll grow several more inches before his first birthday.

He has lighter, carmel-colored spots and a white tip on his tail. Most giraffes have black tails, according to the zoo.

If you'd like to see Mshangao for yourself, you can find zoo ticket information here.

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