|Autumn, sleeping in barn|
For the first time yesterday, the zoo started running the cameras 24/7. I sat up last night until I couldn't keep my eyes open watching her pace and eat. Even my training students over the last two days watched Giraffe Cam during training breaks. One student asked me if a giraffe born in captivity was a big deal, like the pandas. I told him, "To me it's a big deal because I love giraffes."
I know I'm not alone. A lot of people are watching and posting comments on the zoo's Facebook page. The Greenville Zoo is a small zoo, and the giraffes are one of their biggest draws.
At one point today, I thought it might be happening. She bent at the knees and hunkered down a little. A short while later, she laid down. She's pacing up a storm, but I've seen the giraffes pace a lot over the years they've been at The Greenville Zoo.
So, I wait, along with many other fans.
- A giraffe's neck has 7 vertebrae just like we do.
- The giraffe's tongue is about 17-18 inches long. They use it to pull leaves off of the acacia tree, which is a very thorny tree. That's one long, tough tongue!
- The giraffe has a 4-chambered stomach like a cow does, so sometimes they're chewing their cud.
- Their jugular vein has several one-way valves that prevents the backflow of blood when they lower their neck.
- Their spots are like fingerprints; each giraffe has a unique pattern
- The female giraffes form kindergartens to care for the young. One female stays with the young while the others forage for food.
AND in relation to today's blog,
- A baby giraffe drops about six feet to the ground when born. The newborn is about six feet tall, so that's not a a huge drop. They're up and walking soon afterward.