Is "Gerald" a good name for a giraffe?
In September, the Sioux Falls zoo's 13-year-old giraffe Libby gave birth to a 6-foot-tall male calf weighing 147 pounds.
Last month, the Zoo launched a contest to name the giraffe calf. During a week-and-a-half period, 61 names were submitted. Over the two weeks that followed, the public was invited to vote for their favorite name.
In the final days of the contest, Zoo officials saw a surge in voting, but the race remained a dead heat between two names: “Gerald” and “Stelten.” When the contest became too close to call, Zoo officials decided to hold a run-off election to determine the winner. Over 1,600 votes were cast in the contest, with “Gerald” coming out on top.
The winning name was submitted by Katie Palmer, 5, and Addie Palmer, 3, daughters of Steve and Gretchen Palmer of Rapid City. They submitted the name “Gerald” in honor of their grandpa, who brings them to the Zoo.
Critical thinking challenge: Why is "Gerald" a good name for a giraffe?
Define these words: runoff, surge
- Posted on November 18, 2012
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