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Busch Gardens welcomes baby female Cape buffalo
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Busch Gardens welcomes baby female Cape buffalo

Tampa, FL -- On Sept. 21, Busch Gardens welcomed its newest addition, a female Cape buffalo, born to mother Semara.

The park says at the time of his birth, the calf weighed approximately 45 lbs. The playful and explorative youngster now weights 75 lbs.  Once full grown, Cape buffalos can weigh up to 2,000 lbs.

Cape buffalos are extremely social; members of the same group will stay in direct contact with each other and will often sleep with their heads resting on one another.

Photo Gallery: Busch Gardens baby Cape buffalo

Two days earlier, the park’s Sable Antelope herd welcomed the third new baby of the month, a female who took her first steps within a few minutes of birth. Though Sable Antelopes are shaky at first, newborns can run fast enough to keep up with the herd within 3-5 days.

Busch Gardens’ guests can view all of the new babies from Rhino Rally, the Skyride or Serengeti Express train ride. For an even closer look, the Serengeti Safari offers guests and open-bed truck tour of the 65-acre Serengeti Plain, with opportunities to get up-close to antelope and rhinos and hand-feed giraffes.

For details, visit www.buschgardens.com

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