Maryland Zoo reveals name of new baby giraffe

Maryland Zoo's new baby giraffe has a name: Meet Willow.

Meet Willow. 

The giraffe calf born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore this month officially has a name, as the zoo announced the results of an online naming contest Thursday. 

Willow was the top choice, receiving 30 percent of the vote, zoo staff said in a Facebook Live video. Staff of the zoo's Giraffe House picked six names for the public to choose from (other options were Imara, Safara, Ruby, Opal and Dottie). Over 20,000 votes were cast since the poll opened Monday, the zoo said. 

Willow was born Feb. 6, becoming the first giraffe to be born at the Maryland Zoo in more than 20 years. 

The 6-foot-1 female calf is doing well, zoo staff said, as is her mother, Juma. 

Starting Friday, zoo patrons will be able to see Willow and Juma in the Giraffe House on a limited basis, according to a news release. Zoo staff are hoping to gradually acclimate the calf to visitors, and will close the exhibit at any time if deemed necessary. 

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