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Meet Fota's new baby giraffes... and suggest some names for them

Cork has two new arrivals.

THERE ARE TWO new arrivals at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork, and they need names.

The boy and the girl were born in January and will be enjoying their first weekend outside over the next few days.

The female calf was born to parents Bláithín and Walder on 25 January, while the male followed two days later to mammy Sapphire and daddy Tadgh.

Both now stand at around five feet tall.

ND1402-Feb081 Fota two giraffe calves. Source: © Neil Danton

ND1402-Feb080 Fota two giraffe calves. Source: © Neil Danton

Fota Wildlife Park is now looking for help in naming the new arrivals, and they’re looking for Irish names in particular. You can make your suggestions on their website

Spokesperson Stephen Ryan says:

We have a tradition of giving an Irish name to every giraffe calf born at the park so that is the only condition we require when entering.

The pair are part of a herd of Rothschild giraffes at the park.

Source: Fotawildlife/YouTube

Last year Fota’s new baby cheetah was named ROG, after Irish rugby star Ronan O’Gara.

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