January 12, 2014


There's a new baby giraffe at the zoo.  She hasn't been named, yet.  She was born on December 22, and has recently been allowed out of the "playpen" to join the rest of the herd.  When she was born she weighed in at 157 pounds and stood 6 feet 1 inch tall; she may weigh as much as 500 pounds and stand 7 to 7-and-a-half-feet tall by the time she is 6 months old. 

Her taller friend, here, was born last May.  Here's some facts from the San Diego Zoo's website, incase you're interested. "Why do so many people look up to giraffes—besides the obvious reason? The long and short of it is that they are a wonderful example of nature’s creativity.

Giraffes are the tallest land animals. A giraffe could look into a second-story window without even having to stand on its tiptoes! A giraffe's 6-foot (1.8-meter) neck weighs about 600 pounds (272 kilograms). The legs of a giraffe are also 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. The back legs look shorter than the front legs, but they are about the same length. A giraffe's heart is 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and weighs about 25 pounds (11 kilograms), and its lungs can hold 12 gallons (55 liters) of air!"

Giraffes are my favorite animals.  Of course, I love just about all animals.

Go take more photos,


  1. They're certainly improbable looking creatures, aren't they? An outstanding and idiosyncratic example of environmental adaptation. Thanks for showing them.

  2. These are beautiful giraffe shots!

  3. Oh how fun, we just had a baby at our zoo too. They've set up a feeding station so now you can't really see much of them, but the baby was out and mom kept strolling over to check on her, wonderful.


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