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Dickerson Park Zoo Asks Public to Name its Newest Giraffe Calf

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Zookeepers at Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo had a surprise when they showed up for work Sunday.  The zoo's 20-year old giraffe, Gidget, gave birth overnight to a female calf.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Zookeepers at Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo had a surprise when they showed up for work Sunday.

The zoo's 20-year-old giraffe, Gidget, gave birth overnight to a female calf. Zoo officials say they were anticipating the birth, as well as another expected any day by another giraffe, Emma.

The female, as yet unnamed, weighed 159 pounds when examined Sunday.

"This is Gidget's 11th pregnancy," says Melinda Arnold with the zoo. "She is a very attentive mother a good mother, and this calf is also getting a lot of attention from the other giraffes in the yard."

Gidget has been at Dickerson Park Zoo since 1993.

The zoo is asking for the public's help in naming the new calf.

Zookeepers selected three names that reflect the calf's petite size: Twiggy (a play on twiga, the Swahili word for giraffe), Rue (a young girl in the popular book "The Hunger Games") and Caley (a Gaelic word for slender).

The public can participate by voting on the zoo's Facebook page or by emailing their choice of the three names to info@dickersonparkzoo.org  (one vote per email address).
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