Your morning adorable: Reticulated giraffe calf sticks close to his mother at Frankfurt Zoo

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At Germany’s Frankfurt Zoo, a male reticulated giraffe calf named Tebogo made his public debut last week. His name translates to ‘thankful’ in the Tswana language.

Tebogo, who was born to mother Monique without human help and discovered by keepers on the morning of Dec. 9, is the 16th reticulated giraffe to be born at the zoo. Monique is the mother of nearly half of those calves -- prior to Tebogo, she had given birth to four sons and two daughters.

Tebogo was considered an especially large giraffe calf, according to zoo staff -- at birth, he already weighed more than 180 pounds. He won’t be considered fully grown until he’s about 3 years old.

See more photos of Tebogo and his mother after the jump!



-- Lindsay Barnett
1st and 2nd photos: Thomas Lohnes / Associated Press

3rd-6th photos: AFP/Getty Images

7th photo: European Pressphoto Agency