Giraffe keeper Jennifer Calloway gives Dobby, the baby giraffe, a “birthday cake” during a birthday celebration for him at the Denver Zoo on Feb. 28, 2018, in Denver. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
His neck is long and his age just got one year longer as Dobby, the much-loved Denver Zoo giraffe, turned two years old on Thursday.
His second birthday is nothing short of a “true miracle” said Denver Zoo spokesman Jake Kubié. Dobby was born premature and far below average size and required extensive medical intervention to ensure he could make to his first birthday, let alone his second.
To celebrate his life, Dobby’s keepers will be presenting the toddler giraffe with a cake of his favorite grains, alfalfa, fruit and vegetables at 2:30 p.m. today, Kubié said. A rendition of the birthday song and celebrations will ensue.
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Dobby is a mischievous, rambunctious little fellow according to his keepers. He often runs around chasing geese and playing with his giraffe-friendly toys.
On his first birthday, he was deemed a member of the Gryffindor House by his keepers, in reference to Harry Potter. Dobby is named after an elf character in the book-turned film series that helped Harry Potter in his quest against Voldemort.
Dobby is now 12 feet tall and weighs over 200 pounds and his health is expected to remain excellent for many birthdays to come, Kubié said.