Skye, Como Zoo's newest giraffe, makes her public debut

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Skye, the Como Zoo's newest baby animal, made her public debut Monday.

And she's no little lady: The giraffe was born Nov. 25 at 6 feet tall and 145 pounds, the zoo said.

She's the 18th giraffe born at the zoo in the last 20 years, and the fifth giraffe born to her mother, Daisy. The zoo's current herd consists of Skye and Daisy, Skye's father Skeeter, and Clover, who was born last year.

Skye – who is a reticulated giraffe, a species native to parts of eastern Africa – was named by a random donor who was selected among hundreds of people who gifted $55-plus on Give to the Max Day Nov. 13.

Giraffes are the tallest land animal in the world and during the first two years of her life, Skye is expected to double in height.

Many giraffes grow to be up to 18 feet tall and weigh 3,000 pounds. They also have a prehensile tongue nearly 2 feet long.

Reticulated giraffes are native to the dry savannahs and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa and can go weeks without drinking water, according to the Como Zoo.

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