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Seattle baby "giraffe watch" to begin in May

Tufani (left) with her nephew Misawa in 2013. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, WPZ.

SEATTLE -- Seattle's version of "giraffe watch" begins in May at Woodland Park Zoo.

Eight-year-old Tufani is expected to give birth anytime between mid-May and early July, WPZ said.

The father of the baby is a 4-year-old giraffe named Dave, and this will be the first baby for the pair.

WPZ said the two giraffes were paired under a breeding recommendation made Giraffe Species Survival Plan, a conservation breeding program.

The newborn will share a the zoo's savanna with its family, along with zebras, gazelle and an ostrich.

A giraffe's gestation period is 14 to 15 months, giving interested parties enough time to visit and support the expecting couple with a purchase from their registry.

The couple is asking for things like molasses rolls, buckets, brushes, and of course, toys for their newborn.

Visitors to the zoo should be aware that they might not be able to spot a visible bump in Tufani until closer to her birth window, says zookeepers.

It's still unclear whether Tufani will have her own live stream with millions of people watching, which may or may not be a respite after the months-long baby watch currently underway in New York.


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