Queens Zoo Welcomes Baby Texas Longhorn

The male calf needs a name, and Queens Zoo is asking for the public's help

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012  |  Updated 9:20 PM EDT
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Queens Zoo Welcomes Baby Texas Longhorn

Julie Larsen Maher

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The Queens Zoo has welcomed a newborn calf to its farm and is asking for the public's help in naming the baby Texas longhorn.

The male calf was born in May to Joan, a 7-year-old cow, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. It weighed 60 pounds at birth and is continuing to grow quickly.

The calf is active and energetic, zoo officials said.

Longhorn calves do not reach maturity until they are 8 years old. As an adult his horns could grow to up to six feet from tip to tip. 

"The Texas longhorn is an animal that has long been known for its beauty, stature and intelligence," the Queens Zoo said in a press release. "The longhorn remains a popular symbol of the American Southwest."

The zoo has set up a webpage to take name suggestions. It can be found at www.queenszoo.com.

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