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Baby giraffe named 'Griffin' after longtime zookeeper at Birmingham Zoo

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Griffin the giraffe is now 14 days old. Source: Judson Garner/WBRC Griffin the giraffe is now 14 days old. Source: Judson Garner/WBRC
Griffin was born on New Year's Day. Source: WBRC video Griffin was born on New Year's Day. Source: WBRC video
Griffin with his mother Willow. Source: WBRC video Griffin with his mother Willow. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham Zoo has one of the cutest new additions to their list of adorable animals and he's got a brand new name.

"Griffin" the giraffe was born on New Year's Day and at that point he was 6'2" tall and weighed 140 pounds. In only two weeks, he's grown three inches and now stands at 6'5".

His mom "Willow" is keeping a close eye on Griffin, who is not ready to meet his adoring public yet, but he has had a chance to meet the lady giraffes at the zoo.

Griffin's name was chosen in a contest on Facebook. He is named for zookeeper Robert Griffin, who has worked at the zoo for 47 years.

"When I found him at 7:15 in the morning, [he was] standing up. He's been pretty active and playful with the other giraffes as much as with his mother in the barn. He's been pretty active since the day he was born. He stood up in the first few hours and started nursing from mom soon after that," zookeeper Amanda Hawkins said.

Zoo workers are hopeful that Griffin will be able to greet the public soon, but first they need to introduce him to his dad "Jileel" to make sure everyone gets along.

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