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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Reveals New Baby Giraffe's Name on Longest Day of the Year

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 9:55 AM

  • Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
In early May, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo officially announced the birth of an adorable baby giraffe. Choosing between three potential names, the public got the chance to name the little string bean.

Today, the zoo has now revealed that the public's choice is Kidogo, which means "little." The reveal comes not just on the longest day of the year (also known as the first day of summer), but also on World Giraffe Day.

Born April 15, zoo-goers have gotten to know the tiny squirt as he's scampered around mom Jada in the giraffe barn. Then later as he joined his dad, Bo, and the rest of the zoo's herd in the great outdoors.

At birth the calf weighed around 101 pounds at birth, which was somewhat underweight. This is the zoo's first baby giraffe in two years. All funds from the animal naming competition are going to help protect wild giraffes.

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