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ZOO'S NEWEST GIRAFFE IS NAMED SEBASTIAN

The newest giraffe at the Buffalo Zoo is Sebastian, who received his official name Sunday during a ceremony at the Cecilia Evans Taylor Giraffe House.

Born Aug. 18, Sebastian is the 19th giraffe born at the zoo in Delaware Park. He was the first calf born to Karen, a 5-year-old who is one of the eight giraffes in residence.

Toys R Us, a national toy chain, sponsored the name contest, which was won by Vincent J. Downey of Buffalo. He received a $200 gift certificate that can be spent at the toy store.

Runners-up were Anna and Marianna Farruggia of North Tonawanda, with the name Alex; Debbie Metzger of Buffalo, who suggested Skippy, and Spencer M. Plarr of Blasdell, who proposed Gaiety.

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