Ah, it seems like just yesterday we were compulsively watching a very pregnant April the giraffe pace around her pen for hours on end, and now the time has finally come to learn viral star's baby's name.
April's pregnancy captivated the internet for months before the 15-year-old giraffe finally delivered a male calf on April 15th. Following the birth, a contest was held to name the new addition.
The top five names came down to:
- Alyssa's choice.
Ultimately, voters decided to let Alyssa, a zookeeper who looked after April, choose the name of her calf. The name was announced Monday morning on Good Morning America, and, appropriately, via Facebook livestream.
And the name Alyssa chose was...
Tajiri is a Swahili for both 'hope' and 'confidence,' and the folks at Animal Adventure Park revealed that they plan on calling him 'Taj' for short.
Sorry, internet. But 'Harambe' didn't even make it into the running.
Gone, but not forgotten.