Dublin Zoo has named the rare giraffe Tamu which means "sweet one" in Swahili.

The zoo took suggestions from the public and the name Tamu came from Grainne Byrne of Summerhill, Co. Meath.

Team leader of the African Plains section of Dublin Zoo, Helen Clarke-Bennet said of the entries, "We received an overwhelming number of superb suggestions and picking the winning entry was not easy. We chose the name Tamu as it fits her personality perfectly!”

Tamu was born on July 4th and stands tall at six foot. Her coat is a mix of dark patches broken up by bright cream channels.

The newest addition to the African Plains is fitting in well, “Tamu is doing very well standing tall at six feet with a pale tan coat which makes her easily recognisable amongst the herd. She is an extremely well adjusted and relaxed calf, following the herd wherever they wander."

Tamu is a Rothschild giraffe, the most threatened of all nine sub-species of giraffe.

You can view the giraffe enclosure and the rest of the African Savannah on the Dublin Zoo website.

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