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Ballygeorge aka Gorgeous George

Date: 28 Jun 2019

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Is Belfast Zoo’s adorable baby giraffe’s name.

Belfast Zoo’s baby giraffe has been named! After overwhelming online support, the Zoo is delighted to name the new addition after a town, formerly known as, Ballygeorge.

The name chosen will also honour the memory of baby George Evans. George’s legacy originates from a blog set up by his mother Kirsty, called ‘George and the Giraffe’. The blog followed baby George’s journey, who was born with severe neurological problems and sadly died last year, aged 7 months. The blog was set up to document George’s precious memories online and to make his memory live on forever. The name George and the Giraffe comes from baby George’s adorable companion giraffe teddy, which gave him great comfort throughout his journey.

Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns, said: “It is a great honour to be able to name our adorable baby giraffe in memory of the late baby George and his family’s touching story of ‘George and the Giraffe’.

‘We are humbled by all of the public support, from all of the amazing people across Northern Ireland in favour of naming our baby giraffe after little George. We would like to thank everyone for their kind name suggestions and we will keep all the other suggestions for future giraffe births,’’ he added.

Baby George’s mother, Kirsty, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the team at Belfast Zoo for honouring our baby boy by calling the new giraffe calf Bally‘George’.

‘‘We, as a family, are absolutely delighted! It will be so special for us to come visit and watch the baby giraffe as he grows. What an amazing and special tribute this will be, all in honour of our little hero ‘Baby George Evans’.’’

The Zoo held an event today (Friday 28/06/19) for George’s first steps outside at 10.30am and is on view from the giraffe and elephant house indoor and outdoor enclosures every day over the summer.