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Friday 29 September 2023 Dublin: 13°C
# cuteness alert
PHOTOS: What has Dublin Zoo named its new baby giraffe?
The seven-week-old giraffe is already 6 feet tall. Yowza.

DUBLIN ZOO HAS settled on a name for its new baby giraffe which was born at the end of June.

The calf, which was seven weeks old yesterday, is to be called Tamu, which means ‘sweet one’ in Swahili.

The zoo ran a competition on its Facebook page taking suggestions from members of the public. The winning suggestion was submitted by Grainne Byrne of Summerhill in Meath.

Despite her young age, Tamu is already six feet tall. ”She is an extremely well adjusted and relaxed calf, following the herd wherever they wander,” said Helen Clarke-Bennet, the head of the African Plains section at Dublin Zoo.

“The name fits her personality perfectly,” she added.

Tamu is a rare Rothschild giraffe, which is one of the most threatened of the nine giraffe sub-species. There are fewer than 700 Rothschild giraffes living in the wild.

(All photos: Dublin Zoo)

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