Dallas Zoo Names Giraffe After Cancer Victim

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James Sikes (courtesy: Sikes Family)

The Dallas Zoo’s baby giraffe officially has a name. She was named Jamie, after James Camden Sikes. The eight-month-old boy, who died of brain cancer, was fascinated with giraffes. His parents say he loved to touch the animals during his visits to the zoo. 

The Dallas Zoo asked the public to suggest names for its new baby giraffe. Friends and family members of the Sikes launched a campaign to name the female animal, Jamie, after James. 

James was nearly eight months old when doctors first discovered his brain tumor. Surgery removed 95% of the tumor, but it came back with a vengeance. The child passed away July 16, 2011.


One Comment

  1. Mother of 3 says:

    GREAT NEWS!!! What a wonderful way to honor Sweet Baby James!!!

  2. Nancy says:

    Hey mike – just because you have internet access and a keyboard doesn’t mean you have to comment.

  3. Katie says:

    I was so happy to hear that the Zoo named the giraffe Jamie! What a beautiful way to honor sweet baby Jamesie =)

  4. Kim says:

    Not sure what Mike said but it looks like his comment was deleted. Thank goodness! So glad that the baby Giraffe was named after Baby James!!

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