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The Cincinnati Zoo Live-Tweeted A Giraffe Birth

Spoiler alert: It's a girl! Warning: graphic images.

Posted on April 29, 2014, at 1:36 a.m. ET

On Monday morning, the Cincinnati Zoo started the hashtag #GiraffeBirth and then proceeded to live-tweet a 7-year-old giraffe named Tessa's labor, which took more than five hours.

The #giraffebirth is happening! Tessa is in labor and two hooves are showing...

Cincinnati Zoo@CincinnatiZoo

The #giraffebirth is happening! Tessa is in labor and two hooves are showing...

07:40 PM - 27 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tessa in labor with two hooves showing:

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo

"Can see ankles and hooves"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Better view of hooves."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo
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Tessa is pacing and has become more active in the last 20 minutes. #giraffebirth

Cincinnati Zoo@CincinnatiZoo

Tessa is pacing and has become more active in the last 20 minutes. #giraffebirth

09:30 PM - 27 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"She's pushing and we just saw calf's leg move!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Tessa trying to nudge things along."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"BIG push and we caught a glimpse of the calf's nose!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo
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"Better view of nose peeking out."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"The head is visible!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo

"Whole head and legs emerge."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo
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"The baby is out!!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Calf already lifted head. All giraffe are watching!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Tessa is trying to help calf stand. Good mama."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Tessa nudges the calf."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo
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"The calf is so close to standing!!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Nudge, nudge."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo

"Standing for first time!!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

"Wobbly, but standing!"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo
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"Trying to nurse"

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Twitter: @CincinnatiZoo

Tessa standing next to her new baby girl.

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo

"She's just under 6ft tall and weighs about 120lbs."

Cincinnati Zoo / Via Facebook: cincinnatizoo

FYI the Cincinnati Zoo is looking for name suggestion for the baby giraffe. On Thursday, the zoo will announce the final four for a public vote.

It's a girl! Do u have a name suggestion for our new baby giraffe? Tweet it w/ #giraffebirth or post on r FB page - http://t.co/1sMbwkKn5t

Cincinnati Zoo@CincinnatiZoo

It's a girl! Do u have a name suggestion for our new baby giraffe? Tweet it w/ #giraffebirth or post on r FB page - http://t.co/1sMbwkKn5t

07:58 AM - 28 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Now watch the video:

View this video on YouTube

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