April the giraffe had her baby this past weekend.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you are not one of the 4.4 million people who followed her for months to finally watch her give birth on Saturday night.
I was one of those people.
There were three of us watching on Saturday – my friends Blair, Sarah, and I. We were sitting in a 7-11 waiting to go into KTV, watching as the little legs came out and hung for awhile before the rest of the body followed. Birth is always miraculous to me.
The part that struck me was that we were all sitting and waiting for this particular giraffe have a baby. As Blair said, we could go on YouTube and watch a giraffe give birth at any time. Why were we waiting and watching and excited and, as some said on their feed, crying as April’s baby was born?
Because, somehow, we all got attached to this particular giraffe by watching her pace her pen for two months.
This is one of the wonderful side effects of technology and social media. We are able to connect to people and situations we would normally never have an opportunity to be a part of. People were asking questions and researching and commenting on all kinds of things regarding giraffe pregnancy, labor, birth and are still following and learning about the baby and about baby giraffes.
It’s so cool.
Here are a few things I learned.
- Average lifespan of a giraffe is 25-30 years.
- Adult giraffes can have legs and necks that are each six feet long.
- Giraffes have sticky tongues that are 21 inches long.
- Giraffes do not show signs they are in labor because it attracts predators. The only way to tell is either when her water breaks (which can be subtle) or when you see hoofs peeking out.
- The gestation period for a giraffe is 15 months. Yikes!
- Newborn giraffes are as tall as a grown man and can walk almost immediately so they can escape predators. I find this AMAZING!
- Giraffes only have two predators other than humans – crocodiles and lions. They are most vulnerable when they are drinking water because they have to spread their legs and bend their necks down.
- Giraffes only sleep five to 30 minutes a day. Can you imagine how much more we could accomplish if that’s all the sleep we needed?!
- Giraffes are seriously adorable creatures and have almost edged out elephants as my favorite animal. I mean, those big eyes and those little horns – so cute!
If you aren’t already following April the giraffe and I have inspired you to do so, you can check them out at Animal Adventure Park on Facebook.
Or, if you just want to watch a giraffe give birth, go to YouTube. There are many to choose from!
Note: I take all of the pictures I post unless otherwise stated. I did not take any of these pictures.