Happy Birthday, Zahara!

Today is a very special day indeed. For it was on this day five years ago that a very special little girl was born: Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt! In honor of the occasion, here is a look back on the life so far of this remarkable little girl! Click “more” to read it!

In July of 2006, Angelina Jolie adopted her second child, a 6 month old baby girl from Ethiopia, whom she named Zahara Marley. Zahara had quite the welcoming comittee: Her new big brother Maddox Chivian (then nearly 4), and Angelina’s new partner Brad Pitt accompanied Angelina to Ethiopia to pick her up. Only Angelina’s name was on the adoption papers, but it is evident now that Brad was Zee’s father from the very beginning.

Little Zahara definently did not have an easy start to life with her new family. She was very sickly when she was adopted and, shortly after arriving back in the U.S. with her new family, had to be rushed to a New York City hospital. There it was discovered that she was suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, and samonella poisoning. Happily, Zahara pulled through, and after a week in the hospital (with her mother by her side the whole time) was released. However, things could have easily turned out very differently for Zahara. The doctor that treated her said that, had Angie not adopted her, the baby girl almost certainly would have died in the orphanage. Zahara is a very luckly little girl indeed!

On May 27, 2006, Zahara became a big sister for the first time when Angelina gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. Shiloh, like Zahara, was born in Africa: Angelina gave birth to her via C-section at the Cottage Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia. Zee, who was 16 going on 17 months old at the time, was initally a little jealouse of her new sister, according to their mother!

In March of 2007, Zahara welcomed a new big brother: Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, then 3 years old, whom Angelina adopted from Vietnam (Brad later adopted him stateside). It soon became evident that the new siblings had bonded quickly: That summer, the paps snapped a picture of Zahara feeding her new big brother!

On July 12, 2008, Zahara welcomed new siblings for the third time, when Angelina gave birth to twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline at the Foundation Lenval hospital in Nice, France. Unlike when Shiloh was born, Zahara was smitten with her new siblings. She and Shiloh were “little mommies” to the twins, Angie said at the time.

It’s hard to believe that Zee is now a big girl of 5! What’s next for Miss Zahara? Well, Angelina and Brad have spoken about wanting to adopt again AND wanting to “balance the races” in their house, so perhaps she’ll get an African (maybe even Ethiopian) sister this year!🙂 Happy birthday, Zee!

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