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Indianapolis Zoo asking for help naming baby giraffe

The poll will only run for two weeks before closing Dec. 4.
Credit: Indianapolis Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed a giraffe calf on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Zoo is looking for help in naming its newest addition, a baby male giraffe.

A Facebook poll is now live allowing people to vote on three options: Kendi (KEN-dee), an African name that means “loved one”; Tumaini (too-MAH-ee-nee), a Swahili word meaning “hope”; and Zane, an African name that means “noble.”

The poll will only run for two weeks before closing Dec. 4. You'll be able to vote in the Facebook poll once per day. One lucky voter will be chosen at random to receive an Indianapolis Zoo prize pack, including four Zoo admission passes and a giraffe plush.

The calf was born Nov. 8 to 3-year-old Kita. The baby giraffe weighed 137 pounds. Zookeepers said the calf is curious, following close behind mom and nursing well. The other members of the herd have shown interest in interacting, even licking the calf through the stall fence.