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Name the baby giraffe

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There is a new site to see at the Birmingham Zoo.  It's a New Year's baby.  At 12:12 a.m. on January 1,  a male, reticulated giraffe was born making it the first giraffe birth of any North American accredited Zoo. The baby giraffe weighs 140 pounds and stands at six-feet and two inches tall.  With this birth, the Birmingham Zoo now has five giraffes.  This is the first offspring for both five-year-old mother, Willow, and seven-year-old father, Jalil.  It is the most recent giraffe birth since Willow's birth at the Birmingham Zoo in July 2008.


The new arrival is nursing and is in the process of bonding with his mother in a warm holding area due to the seasonally cold temperatures.  In the coming weeks, guests are welcome to see the baby giraffe at the Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter exhibit. Beginning January 6th, the Zoo will encourage the community to vote for one of three names selected for the baby giraffe through a Facebook voting contest. One voter will be selected to receive a one-year Family Membership package to the Birmingham Zoo and a behind-the-scenes tour of the giraffe exhibit.

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