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Dublin Zoo Asks for Help: Name This Rare Baby Rothschild Giraffe!

Kissy kissy.

The Dublin Zoo welcomed a female giraffe calf on July 4, and is asking for your helping in deciding on a name! The baby giraffe is a Rothschild giraffe, one of the most threatened of the nine giraffe sub-species, says the Dublin Zoo. Fewer than 700 Rothschild giraffes now live in the wild.

The new calf joins a heard of ten giraffes at the zoo, or which six are pure Rothschild giraffes. She already stands at over six feet tall, and takes after her mother Maeve with her light tan coat.

Zoo keepers are asking the public to provide suggestions for names based on her African origin. The endangered species is native to Kenya and Uganda.

“We like names that are original, based on the animal’s country of origin, and that tell us something about the newborn.” You can offer your suggestions on the Dublin Zoo Facebook page.

For inspiration, here’s what the youngster looks like, plus some fun facts from the Dublin Zoo and the Rothschild Giraffe Project, a research and preservation organization.

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  • OMG, it’s just like being a human mom. 1 of 10
    OMG, it's just like being a human mom.
    Fun fact: Giraffes sleep standing up - but only for five minutes at a time, as they remain alert for predators, and a total of about two hours a day.
  • Cream Stockings 2 of 10
    Cream Stockings
    Fun fact: You can spot a Rothschild giraffe in the field (or, more likely, at the zoo) because it has no markings below the knees, making it look like it's wearing "cream stockings," according to <a href="http://www.girafferesearch.com/#/rothschilds-giraffe/4537723282"The Rothschild Giraffe Project, a research and preservation organization.
  • Weird. That’s about how much my kids eat, too. 3 of 10
    Weird. That's about how much my kids eat, too.
    Fun fact: A giraffe eats about 75 pounds of food a day, mostly leaves.
  • That blue tongue is not from eating cheap popsicles. 4 of 10
    That blue tongue is not from eating cheap popsicles.
    Fun fact: Giraffes spend much of their day feeding so nature has provided them with dark blue tongues to prevent them from getting sunburned.
  • That coat is so YOU. 5 of 10
    That coat is so YOU.
    Fun fact: Each giraffe has its own unique pattern of coat markings, like finger prints for humans.
  • Aww, your 6-ft baby is adorable! 6 of 10
    Aww, your 6-ft baby is adorable!
    Fun fact: Giraffes are the tallest of all living land mammals. Newborns are about 6 feet tall, and male Rothschild giraffes can grow to be nearly 20 feet tall.
  • Necking 7 of 10
    Necking
    Fun fact: The species has just seven vertebrae in its neck - the same as a human being or a mouse - despite having one of the longest in the animal kingdom.
  • I bet it’s really annoying when you hit that fifth trimester. 8 of 10
    I bet it's really annoying when you hit that fifth trimester.
    Fun fact that is probably less fun if you're a Rothschild giraffe: The gestation period for a Rothschild giraffe is 14 to 16 months.
  • Their tongues are *almost* as long as Gene Simmons’. 9 of 10
    Their tongues are *almost* as long as Gene Simmons'.
    Fun fact: Giraffe tongues are about 18 inches long, which is handy for licking baby giraffes, apparently.
  • My family respectfully suggests the name Taun We. 10 of 10
    My family respectfully suggests the name Taun We.
    We realize it doesn't reflect the Rothschild giraffe's country of origin, what with Taun We being Kaminoan and all. But come on.

(Photo Credits: Giraffes: Dublin Zoo. Taun We: Massassi)

Read more from Joslyn at Strollerderby and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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