Baby giraffe named 'Griffin' after longtime zookeeper at Birming - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

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

Posted: Updated:
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
  • More newsMore>>

  • Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:53:09 GMT
    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.More >>
    Multiple sources tell News Leader 9 that a Smiths Station teacher was hit by a train earlier today in Lee County.

    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.
    More >>
  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:36:53 GMT
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...More >>
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...More >>
  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:09 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:09:15 GMT
    More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.More >>
    More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.More >>
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.

Copyright 2014 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow