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Hogle Zoo says goodbye to baby giraffe as she heads off to Florida

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A sad day at Utah’s Hogle Zoo as they say goodbye to their young Giraffe Willow before she heads off to Florida. 

Willow, the 19-month old giraffe, beloved by zoo patrons, spent her last day in Utah on Sunday.

Crowds of youngsters lined up to get a last look before her long awaited trip to the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida where she she will join a herd of two males and five females ranging in the ages from 18 months to 20 years old. 

Willow was 6 feet tall as a baby and has grown to ten feet tall. Zookeepers describe Willow as a “firecracker”.

In the wild, giraffes form social herds but individuals will move in and out of the groupings as they please. Young giraffes typically leave their mothers at 15-18 months of age. 

When Willow is older, the plan is that she will become a mom. 

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