Barn Hill Preserve names baby giraffe T’Challa after ‘Black Panther’ character

Barn Hill Preserve names baby giraffe T’Challa after ‘Black Panther’ character
Staff members at the Barn Hill Preserve wildlife sanctuary have named a new giraffe calf named T'Challa after Chadwick Boseman's character in 'Black Panther.' (Source: Barn Hill Preserve)

ETHEL, La. (WAFB) - Staff members at the wildlife sanctuary Barn Hill Preserve are caring for a new baby giraffe and have given him the name of “T’Challla.”

T’Challa was the name of actor Chadwick Boseman’s character in the hit 2018 comic book movie “Black Panther”.

Boseman died Aug. 28 from colon cancer at the age of 43. In the days and weeks following his death, the world has responded with tributes for the actor.

Gabe Ligon, who owns the wildlife sanctuary, says T’Challa’s mother would not feed him after he was born and is now under the care of Barn Hill Preserve staff members.

T’Challa is fed with a bottle four times a day and Ligon says you can help staff members feed the calf by booking a giraffe nursery bottle-feeding experience.

Barn Hill Preserve welcomes a new baby giraffe named T'Challa. You can help the staff feed T'Challa by booking an experience.
Barn Hill Preserve welcomes a new baby giraffe named T'Challa. You can help the staff feed T'Challa by booking an experience. (Source: Barn Hill Preserve)
Barn Hill Preserve welcomes a new baby giraffe named T'Challa. You can help the staff feed T'Challa by booking an experience.
Barn Hill Preserve welcomes a new baby giraffe named T'Challa. You can help the staff feed T'Challa by booking an experience. (Source: Barn Hill Preserve)

Proceeds from the giraffe nursery bookings help fund T’Challa’s care and Barn Hill Preserve’s conservation project, according to Ligon.

Click here to find out how to book a giraffe nursery experience.

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