Baby Giraffe Gets Name

(Harpursville, NY) -- April the giraffe's baby finally has a name.

Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York says the male calf born more than two weeks ago will be called Tajiri, a Swahili word it says means hope. People who took part in a naming contest voted to let April's keeper Allysa Swilley choose the name. Other names in the running included Geoffrey, Harpur, Patches, Ollie and Unity. Zoo officials say the giraffe will be called Taj for short. 

Close to a million people witnessed his birth via streaming video that had been set up so the public could follow April's pregnancy. The cameras have since been taken down. 


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