Meet Stanley: Busch Gardens welcomes new baby giraffe calf

Giraffe born same day Tampa Bay Lightning won championship game

Baby giraffe born at Busch Gardens the night the Bolts won the championship (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)

TAMPA, Fla. – The same night the Tampa Bay Lightning won the championship game, Busch Gardens welcomed a new giraffe calf.

The giraffe’s name, Stanley, is a perfect fit for the city that has won championship games for the NHL and NFL in recent months.

Stanley, was born to first-time mom, Angel, near the theme park’s Serengeti Plain.

New giraffe calf was born at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

On Tuesday, the theme park shared the first images of Stanley walking around an area bonding with his mom.

Busch Gardens said once Stanley reaches key growth milestones, the pair will join the giraffe herd on Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain, including Stanley’s grandmother, Cupid.

To celebrate the big championship game, Busch Gardens is offering guests two free beer samples at the Garden Gate café each day through July 31.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.