Brandon Belt the Giant meets Brandon Belt the baby giraffe 

San Francisco Giants rookie Brandon Belt, recently nicknamed "baby giraffe" by broadcaster Duane Kuiper, met his namesake Thursday at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

Click on the photo at right to see  a slideshow of the Brandons or scroll down to see video of the meeting.

A male giraffe calf, Brandon Belt, was born Friday, Aug. 27, just before 12 p.m. at Six Flags. The birth is the second successful offspring of 7-year-old mother Makali, a reticulated giraffe, and the sire, 7-year-old Nyumekye, a male that had been on loan to Six Flags from Safari West in Santa Rosa.

The 6-foot, 2-inch calf will eventually grow to upward of 18 feet in height, with a neck that can be at least seven feet in length.

Belt, the baseball player, has embraced his new nickname and spent part of Thursday morning, on a rare off day for the G-men, hanging out with the baby giraffe.

“This morning has been one of the best mornings of my life. To have a newborn giraffe named after me, let alone me standing side-by-side him, it’s amazing,” said Belt.


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