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Public to have say in naming of baby giraffe
3:40pm Friday 19th October 2012 in Winchester
A RARE baby giraffe needs a new name and Hampshire Chronicle readers are being given the chance to help.
Marwell Wildlife is celebrating the arrival of a new male Rothschild giraffe, but the 6-day-old male is still nameless.
The giraffe, which is already nearly 6ft tall, was born as part of the European Endangered Species Programme for Rothschild giraffes.
The species is very rare and there are thought to be only 670 left in the wild.
Ian Goodwin, collection manager at Hoofstock, said: “This is our third and final giraffe to be born at the park this year. Unlike the last two births, this calf was born in the middle of the night so it was a great surprise for the keepers who opened the doors to the giraffe house in the morning!
“The young male is doing incredibly well and finding his feet quickly. He can often be seen galloping around the enclosure with the other two young giraffes.”
It's been a successful year for the park's giraffes, with the arrival of Ruby, a female giraffe, in January, and Olympia, another female giraffe, in August.
To vote, visit www.marwell.org.uk/giraffe - voting closes on October 31 at 9am.