The Virginia Zoo has named their baby giraffe and it's adorable

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Meet Iggy! 

The Virginia Zoo announced the baby giraffe's name after more than 3,000 submissions were sent in to help name the animal. 

Zoo visitors submitted their favorite names on the Virginia Zoo website between June 19 and June 23. Zookeepers then voted on the names submitted. 

"We appreciate all the members of the community that participated in naming the baby," said Executive Director Greg Bockheim. "This naming contest gives our community the opportunity to be a part of the zoo family." 

The baby giraffe was born on June 4 to mother Imara and father Billy. She weighed 149 pounds when she was born and stood 5'11" tall. 

Iggy was born with a birth defect called carpal laxity, where her front legs appear to bow slightly backwards as she walks. 

"The calf has thrived in Imara's care and is very strong." said Dr. Colleen Clabbers, the Zoo's Veterinarian. "The vet staff and her keepers observed a huge improvement in her legs within the first weeks and her carpal laity has no completely resolved." 

 

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