Baby

Fitz and Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20.

The Houston Zoo’s four-month-old jaguar cubs made their debut Thursday, Nov. 9. The male, Fitz, and female, Emma, were born to first-time parents Maya and Tesoro on July 20 and have spent the past few months behind-the-scenes bonding with mom. The pair can be seen exploring their habitat with mom most mornings, and have access to be out of public view in their night house or caves if they choose. Fitz and Emma are the first jaguars born at the Houston Zoo in 12 years. The jaguar range covers South and Central America, with some venturing north into Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

Monday morning, April 24, brought the welcome arrival of a second baby giraffe in two weeks for the Houston Zoo herd. The female Masai giraffe was born at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24, to second-time mom Asali in the McGovern Giraffe Barn at the African Forest. As with her first-born, Gigi, Asali has been a cautious mother, and the keeper and veterinary teams are closely watching over the pair to ensure the calf is nursing well and the mother-calf bond is strong.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

A female Masai giraffe was born at 9:04 a.m. on Monday, April 10, in the McGovern Giraffe Barn at the Houston Zoo after a two-hour labor. And after a few days alone with her mother, Tyra, the yet-to-be-named calf made her public debut on Good Friday, April 14.

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Saturday, Feb. 4, the Houston Zoo welcomed the birth of a male Baird’s tapir. This is the first Baird’s tapir born at the Houston Zoo, and first baby for mother Moli and father Noah.

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Port Arthur police are investigating poisoned formula that resulted in the hospitalization of a one year old infant in Port Arthur, PAPD Field Operations Lieutenant Jeremy Lloyd reported Dec. 4.

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Police arrested an apparently intoxicated man found lying in a ditch filled with water while holding a 1-year-old child in his arms Aug. 29, reports Orange Police Department Officer Michael Roush.

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Photo by Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

UPDATE: (Aug. 11, 2016) – The Houston Zoo’s baby sea lion has a name! The six-week-old female California sea lion has been named TJ by two of the zoo’s donors. Joe and Cathy Cleary won the honor of naming the pup at the zoo’s annual fundraising gala in April--Zoo Ball.

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Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

This spring, three tiny green bush vipers were born on March 26. Like most pit vipers, the neonates were born live instead of hatched from eggs like many other types of snakes. Originally a part of a group of six, only three have survived and have doubled in weight since their birth. They are expected to grow to be between 18 and 24 inches long. Despite their name, green bush vipers vary in color, mostly shades of green, but can also be bright yellow or grey.

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