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Zoo names its new baby giraffe

December 3, 2019
FILE - In a Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, a newborn giraffe roams an enclosure with its herd at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati. The male calf born Nov. 23 has been named Theo. Zoo officials said in a news release Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 that they picked that name because it means “divine gift."AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE - In a Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, a newborn giraffe roams an enclosure with its herd at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati. The male calf born Nov. 23 has been named Theo. Zoo officials said in a news release Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 that they picked that name because it means “divine gift."AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — A giraffe born recently at the Cincinnati Zoo now has a name.

The male calf born Nov. 23 has been named Theo. Zoo officials said in a news release Monday that they picked that name because it means “divine gift.”

“He was the gift that our team needed following the death of the calf’s dad a week before he arrived,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals.

Kimba, the 12-year-old male giraffe who sired Theo, died last month of complications after surgery on his hooves. Theo’s mother is 8-year-old Cece.

Theo is the 17th giraffe born at the zoo, officials said.

Giraffe populations in the wild are being harmed by habitat loss, trophy hunting and illegal poaching.