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Buttercup the baby giraffe makes public debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

  • This Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo shows a new born baby giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttercup, who was born last Thursday, is already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara Zoo, Sheri Horiszny)

    This Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo shows a new born baby giraffe at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttercup, who was born last Thursday, is already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara Zoo, Sheri Horiszny)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 photo provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo shows a new born baby giraffe with her mother at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Buttercup, who was born last Thursday, is already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara Zoo, Sheri Horiszny)

    This Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 photo provided by the Santa Barbara Zoo shows a new born baby giraffe with her mother at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Buttercup, who was born last Thursday, is already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall. (AP Photo/Santa Barbara Zoo, Sheri Horiszny)  (The Associated Press)

The public is getting its first glimpse of a baby giraffe born last week at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

KEYT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1EVGTIX ) "Buttercup" began exploring the giraffe exhibit Monday under the watchful eye of his mother Audrey.

Buttercup was born Thursday. He's already 186 pounds and over 6 feet tall.

After a few sure steps, the young calf broke out in a run, much to the delight of children on hand for the public debut.

Buttercup will soon have a playmate. Betty Lou the giraffe is expecting, and is due in March.

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Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/