UPDATED | November 4, 2015 1:34 PM


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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today just isn’t any Wednesday, today a ‘baby’ giraffe at the Dallas Zoo turns 1-year-old.

The giraffe ceremoniously named Kopano is celebrating his first birthday.

After a Dallas Zoo donor paid $50,000 to name the calf, the individual decided to open up the name choice for a public vote. Pollsters declared the name Kopano, which means “united” in the Tswana language of the African nation of Botswana, the winner.

When mother giraffe Chrystal gave birth to the calf in October of last year he was 6-feet-tall and weighed 120 pounds.  Now Kopano has skyrocketed to a 10-foot-tall, 760-pound teenager.

Kopoano stayed indoors at night with Chrystal for three months, then joined the rest of the Dallas Zoo’s giraffe herd.

The birth of the Dallas Zoo’s last giraffe, Kipenzi, was live streamed on the internet in April, with millions clicking to view. Sadly, the calf died after running into the perimeter edge of her habitat in July.

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