London Zoo names okapi 'Meghan' to celebrate royal wedding

2018-01-18 08:27
 
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London — London Zoo has honoured Prince Harry's fiancée, Meghan Markle by naming its newborn okapi after her.

The zoo said on Wednesday the animal, born in early December, was named Meghan to celebrate the upcoming wedding of Harry and the American actress.

The okapi (oh-COP-ee) have striped hindquarters like zebras but are related to giraffes. Native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, they sometimes are called a forest giraffe or zebra giraffe.

Zoo officials say the young mammal is doing well and that Meghan's mother, Oni, watches over her while she sleeps.

Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said the birth is "a great opportunity to draw attention to the okapi, which is an extremely endangered species."

WATCH A VIDEO OF MEGHAN THE OKAPI HERE:

(Warning: Not suitable for sensitive viewers)

Harry and Meghan's wedding is planned for 19 May.

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