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Morning Buzz: January 27
Posted at 11:35 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 11:35:27-05

1. Starting out with some sad news, a well-known Giraffe from Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek has passed away.

Makena, also known as Mak, recently underwent stem cell therapy for arthritis and was expected to rejoin the herd this spring, but tripped and fell in the giraffe barna nd had to be euthanized last week.

Mak was 21 and was one of seven giraffes living at the zoo.

2. A West Michigan animal shelter is showing a little love for a popular Canadian TV show.

Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa named six puppies and their mother after some of the main characters of Schitt's Creek.

The shelter says they try to name their animals in themes when they come in groups like this. Now the names have gained them popularity among the actors in the show, with Dan Levy liking their tweet about his character's namesake, David.

All of the puppies have been adopted, but their mom, Moira, is still looking for her fur-ever home.

3. Laughfest is returning in 2021, but this time every ticket will be the best seat in the house, your house!

Headlining acts, which will be part of the festival's premium, paid content and will be announced in February. There will be free virtual events as well for the whole family including family improv workshops, kids joke time, laughter yoga, and more.

The event will run from March 11-14.

Stay up to date by visiting laughfestgr.org.

4. Get IG-11 from Star Wars to help you mail a letter. The United States Post Office teamed up with Lucas Film for a new series of Star Wars stamps dedicated to the franchise's most robotic series of characters, the droids.

there are 10 droids listed as part of the set, which will be available in books of 20.

These aren't the first Star Wars Stamps ever made. Back in 2007, the USPS commemorated the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars. That book of stamps featured the special edition poster artwork painted by Drew Struzan.

All of the stamps can be viewed at starwars.com.

5. It's National Chocolate Cake Day, and it's the perfect excuse to dig into a slice of the sweet, fudgy treat.

Chocolate cake hasn't been around as long as you might think.

While eating and drinking chocolate has been popular for thousands of years, it didn't become a bakery staple until much later.

The first American recipe for the chocolate cake wasn't published until 1847. Of course, now the chocolate cake is one of the most beloved varieties.