BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park is turning to fans to help name its newest addition.
The park’s reticulated giraffe, Ginger, gave birth to a male calf July 8. It’s the first giraffe born at Boulder Ridge, located in Alto.
“It was very unexpected so we’re just very excited,” said park manager Josh Baker.
The baby giraffe is already approximately 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. Baker says the calf drinks about 2 pints of milk every four hours around the clock.
>>Photos: Meet Boulder Ridge’s first baby giraffe
The young giraffe will make its public debut when the park opens Thursday at 10 a.m. Baker cautions the calf is a little skittish as he discovers his new environment.
“People are going to be excited and you know, he is pretty cute. But also, just have a little bit of respect for the animal. I mean, he is new and also you know if it gets too hot or too cold, we will take him off due to concerns of being young yet,” he said.
Boulder Ridge also plans to launch a contest Thursday morning to name the giraffe. Visitors to the park’s Facebook page can submit name ideas. Boulder Ridge will take five to 10 of its favorites and announce the winning name July 30 during its “Baby Animal Day.”