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Molly the Giraffe

Molly (Tufts University photo)

Molly the Giraffe is big news in our small town. Molly was born at nearby Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts on February 23, 2009. Molly’s mother Mauzy was not producing enough milk, so Molly was transferred to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Hospital for Large Animals here in Grafton, where she was nursed back to health. Our small town’s tall tale made it all the way to national television when Molly appeared on NBC’s Today Show.

On March, Molly returned home to Southwick Zoo. She has grown about a foot and is now over 5 feet tall and has gained 20 lbs! She is doing great and is very active. She practices walking and galloping. I’m looking forward to meeting Molly when the zoo reopens this spring.