BOSTON (CBS) – The public is picking a name for a famous giraffe calf and he could be named in the memory of a local boy.

So many people were invested in April the giraffe’s pregnancy, checking into the live web stream day after day until she finally gave birth.

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April the pregnant giraffe in February 2017. (Image credit Animal Adventure Park/YouTube)

Now a contest to name that giraffe is down to the top ten with a local name right in the mix.

Gio Maggiore was a Brooks School student in Medford. His mother is currently a teacher at Columbus School and the community is rallying behind the name Gio in honor of little boy who passed away earlier this month at age 6 from a congenital heart defect.

Gio Maggiore. (Family photo)

Gio loved giraffes. He was one for Halloween and when he was a toddler his favorite pacifier had a giraffe on it.

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April the giraffe’s calf. (WBZ-TV)

The timing of the calf’s birth aligned with the time Gio’s family was laying him to rest.

You can vote for the giraffe’s name at  Each vote costs $1 and you need to vote a minimum of 5 times, so the Columbus School community is collecting money for votes for the name Gio.

The voting ends this Sunday, April 30.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports

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