Monday, May 29, 2006


Baby Giraffe!

1. This giraffe was just born at the St. Louis Zoo. It was about 9 days old when I took this picture.

2. Random birth and pregnancy facts: A giraffe is pregnant for 15 months. The babies start walking within an hour. They begin their life with approximately a six foot drop to the ground.

3. This baby giraffe, D.J. (Dexter Junior. Apparently all the non-lame names had already been taken.), was born weighing 138 lbs and standing over 5'6" tall. These are milestones that I have yet to hit, despite being 25 years older than D.J., the child prodigy.

4. Giraffes only have two speeds: walk and gallop. I like that. You know what to expect. Horses have all sorts of pansy little speeds like "trot," "cantor," and "pussyfoot around."

5. I took 60 pictures of DJ while at the zoo yesterday. Seriously, have you organized Photographers Anonymous yet? I need help.

6. E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. Loves baby giraffes. Even lions. (Lions just love them as lunch, that's all.)


Logan said...

Yaaaay! Super cute!

e-liz said...

Oooh. What a cute little guy. I need to visit him ASAP.
And you need to put down the camera, ASAP.

Debbie said...

Baby giraffes are adorable.

Airhead said...

I like the baby giraffes.

v said...

What's wrong with the name Dexter Junior? There are a lot of great Dexters: Dexter Coakley, Dexter's Lab, Dexter that cool guy, etc.

Plus everyone will simply call him DJ. And his close pals will call him Dex.

"The name's Lanky ... Dex Lanky."

Kat said...

I love baby giraffes. They are so cute.

Annie Drogynous said...

I had an amazing encounter with a giraffe when I was a child.

I was at the zoo when you could get fairly close to such animals and he bent down and took a peanut from my hand. He made direct eye contact with me. After he finished chewing, he took his reaaaaaaaaly long tongue and licked my face. Lol, I made a friend that day.