This baby giraffe is one of the cutest things we've ever seen.
Alvin the giraffe made his debut on Friday, and we were there for the action! It was a big affair, with Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and lots of folks in attendance. You can catch some images of the event up above in our video.
The calf has been kept out of the public eye since his birth on Dec. 31, 2018. While we were all celebrating New Year’s, mother Ashley and father Gideon were welcoming Alvin to the world!
Since the baby was born, they’ve been kept out of the spotlight to allow them to bond. “This private time together is very important for the overall health and well-being of the calf,” read a Wednesday press release from the zoo.
The calf is named “Alvin,” after Alvin Williams. Williams is a long-time zoo employee who has worked at the organization’s Giraffe Encounter, where visitors can interact with animals.
The baby is a reticulated giraffe – also known as the Somali giraffe. These giraffes are known for their long necks and unique patterns. They’re also the tallest living land mammal; males reach heights of 18 feet tall, and weigh anywhere from 2,400 to 4,250 pounds. Females are typically a bit smaller, measuring close to 17 feet tall, weighing between 1,540 and 2,600 pounds.
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