COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Four years ago, 8-year-old Amelia Attaway passed away after a long and difficult battle with brain cancer. On one of her last days on this Earth, she was given the opportunity most kids would never forget -- a behind the scenes look at Riverbanks Zoo.
Now, with the help of an auction put on by the zoo, Amelia's spirit will never be forgotten.
Well, with a $5,000 bid, Amelia's family will receive the honor of naming the new calf after Amelia.
"I could not think of a better memorial for my daughter then naming a giraffe after her," Amelia's mother, Samantha Attaway said. "It's really hard to know to remember a child. Cemeteries, gravestones just don't seem appropriate. You just really have to remember the love that a child has for everything in life."
Every cent of the money goes towards giraffe conservation, which the new baby giraffe will play a large role in as giraffes are facing a dramatic population decrease in the wild. They were uplisted to 'Vulnerable' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List in November of 2016.