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September 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM
The 7-week-old baby giraffe at Woodland Park Zoo has been named Misawa (me-SAW-wah) and is already 8 feet tall.
A news release said Washington State University veterinary students named the male giraffe, born Aug. 6, after a greeting in the indigenous language of Luo, in Tanzania and Southwest Kenya, the giraffe’s native region.
“Misawa spends much of his time outdoors in the zoo’s giraffe corral, accompanied by his 6-year-old mother Olivia and Olivia’s 5-year-old sister Tufani, the young giraffe calf’s most active playmate,” the release said.
Sound awesomely adorable to you? You can watch him play from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day on the zoo’s live giraffe cam.
Watching outside the camera’s hours of operation? No worries. The zoo has something of a greatest hits video for you:
If you still can’t get enough baby giraffe, you can go see it in person at the zoo. The new family is allowed out into an outdoor corral from 9:30 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m. daily. The news release warned, though, that during rainy weather, the mother and baby may stay in the barn.
Woodland Park Zoo president and chief executive Deborah Jensen commended the Washington State veterinary students “for their dedication to human and wildlife health through their Global Animal Health programs in east Africa, a region native to giraffes like Misawa,” in a statement. Having the students name Misawa was a thank-you for their work in the programs, she said.
For more photos and videos of the giraffe, check out zoo.org/blog.
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