Louisiana baby giraffe named 'Burreaux' after LSU's star quarterback Joe Burrow

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow inspired the name of the newest male giraffe at the zoo in the state's capital city.

A public naming competition selected the name Burreaux for the giraffe calf born on Dec. 26. The spelling is a Cajun-inspired riff on Burrow's last name.

The Baton Rouge Zoo announced the selection Friday, saying the public chose the winning name from three options.

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Zoo staff took nominations for the names and narrowed them to the finalists. The public voted with donations.

The zoo says it raised more than $2,000 that will go to its conservation efforts.

Burrow is LSU's most decorated quarterback, leading the Tigers to a national championship victory earlier this year.