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The Fort Worth Zoo named a giraffe Beltre after the newest member of the 3,000-hit club

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Photo: @FortWorthZoo

On Sunday afternoon, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre collected his 3,000th career hit on a double down the left-field line. Shortly after that, the Fort Worth Zoo bestowed a similarly prestigious honor on Beltre: They named a male giraffe calf after him.

While the resemblance isn't exactly striking, these photos do provide evidence that giraffe Beltre takes after baseball Beltre. The first photo shows giraffe Beltre kneeling in repose with a companion. Baseball Beltre is also fond of kneeling, particularly in the service of hitting home runs.

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Beltre the baseball player has become well-known for how much he dislikes it when people touch his head. At least Beltre the giraffe -- if he takes after baseball Beltre in this regard -- won't have to worry much about that.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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