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Baby Giraffes

Elliot and the new giraffe nuzzle at ZooWorld in Panama City Beach on Tuesday.

ANDREW WARDLOW | The News Herald
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — ZooWorld officials showed off two new babies Tuesday: a fluffy, “rambunctious,” 3-week-old camel and a friendly, gangly, month-old giraffe.

Caretakers led the new giraffe out of a barn into the daylight Tuesday afternoon to the delight of a 20-person crowd and a host of “oohs,” “aahs” and squeals of excitement.

The camel, which was a surprise to the attendees, pulled Stephanie Sinnett, the director of education for ZooWorld, through the crowd.

“He is a baby. It’s just like a little kid; you have a very short attention span and he’s still learning his legs and all his parts so he’s still real awkward,” Sinnett said. “Every once in a while he’ll get a burst of energy and just kind of kick off and take off.”

After a previous giraffe, Sidney, died members of the public raised $25,000 for a new baby boy giraffe last year. Then, a donor offered the zoo a $60,000 no-interest loan to purchase a second baby giraffe, this one a female.

“We still need to raise money to pay that loan back,” said Tom Walling, the assistant director of ZooWorld. “None of our operating funds will go to pay for these animals.”

Walling added they have several years before they have to decide whether the giraffes will breed.

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