Long-awaited baby giraffe gets name

WASHINGTON — The baby giraffe whose long-awaited livestreamed birth had millions of viewers glued to YouTube now has a name.

Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York announced Monday the baby giraffe, who was born April 15, has been named “Tajiri,” which means hope in Swahili. Park officials said they’ll call the little guy “Taj.”

Tajiri’s mother, April the giraffe, became an internet sensation earlier this year after the park set up the live stream to chronicle her pregnancy. The video feed became the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube history.

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Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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