It’s National Giraffe Day (apparently). According to the internet it is. But everyday is a “day” for something so I don’t know. However, I absolutely love giraffes. They are one of my favorite animals at the zoo if not my favorite. I enjoy getting to feed them and I love to pet them and occasionally be licked. They are just so darn cute. Plus the entrance doors to their “homes” at night are hysterical.
Last month I took the kids to the Jacksonville Zoo because they had a giraffe birth. Hello! Load up kids!! I wasn’t going to pass up seeing this adorable baby giraffe. I mean it’s taller than me at 10 days old but who cares? It’s a baby giraffe. I won’t lie. I kind of rushed the kids to get to the giraffes. There he was. All of 10 days old and hiding by his mom. He was precious. I just wanted to hug him. Seriously.
“We have an adorable new addition to our Reticulated giraffe family! A female was born Saturday, May 21 at 3:40 pm. This calf is the third for mother Luna and whopping 15th for sire Duke!
Much to the delight of some of our guests, Luna went into labor on exhibit and early stages were able to be seen from Giraffe Overlook. The exhibit guide alerted the keepers who called Luna over to the birthing suite in the barn. Because the keepers were so confident in Luna’s previous birth experiences and her healthy pregnancy, Luna had been encouraged to roam comfortably with the rest of the herd.
The beautiful calf weighed 145 pounds at her neonatal exam and is 5’11”. The opportunity to name the baby was a favorite auction item at this year’s ExZOOberation and will be announced soon.” -Jax Zoo
National Giraffe Day!!
But wait. There is even better news. ANOTHER BOY was born on June 12th. AAHH. I seriously have to get back to the zoo to see that cutie. Right now I am just admiring his adorableness on Facebook. You can too. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens < — that’s the facebook page.
“Meet our newest calf born June 12. The strapping boy is the tallest giraffe calf we’ve ever had at 6’4″. He is the 5th for Naomi and 16th for Duke.” – Jax Zoo.
Okay. Mr. Duke is a busy man. Well he is the only male there. 🙂