Boston Zoo Names Giraffe Sox

Employees at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston named a baby giraffe "Sox" in honor of the Boston Red Sox four-game World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Other names considered were "Red," "Fenway," "Champion," and "Boston."

"Sox" weighed 154 pounds at birth, standing 6 feet 2 inches tall.

The calf was born after Boston's Game 1 victory, but staff held off naming it because they didn't want to jinx the team's chances, according to a statement from the zoo.

"Sox" is a member of the Maasai Giraffe subspecies, also known as Kilimanjaro Giraffe.

They are the tallest land animals, using their unique long necks and tongues to reach vegetation inaccessible to other herbivores.

Members of the subspecies survive in the wild only in the sprawling plains Tanzania and Kenya, in East Africa.

From NPR reports and The Associated Press

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