You could say we're a little giraffe-obsessed, but how can you blame us when zoos across the globe are bombarding us with these adorable animals? The latest addition to the zoo baby world is an as-yet-unnamed Rothschild giraffe born to mom Tatu at the Zoo Aquarium of Madrid on Easter day. This Spanish cutie can't seem to get enough of his audience — and the camera — even at just a few days old! We think he's muy lindo, so we've gathered up a few fun facts about these towering animals — check out our slideshow!
Being a gangly youngster doesn't always exile you from the in crowd. Take a page from this little guy: after spending the first two weeks of his life in isolation to bond with his mother, this baby long-neck made his debut yesterday to the rest of the Rothschild giraffe herd at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany. Looks like he's Mr. Popularity!
I spotted this cozy, eclectic living room in the portfolio of Los Angeles-based designer Tamara Kaye-Honey, and while I'm smitten with how the petite space was styled in general, what stood out most to me is the adorable giraffe planted on the coffee table. I got to thinking that I need a giraffe in my life, or more specifically, in my home! After doing a little window shopping, I found so many giraffe figurines, I don't know where to stop!
My favorite is the Antiqued Standing Giraffe Taper ($38) from Anthropologie; I'd love to plan an exotic dinner party around just that! I'd also love to have a whole family of the tall, elegant animals living in my home; cast in bronze, the Loet Vanderveen Alert Giraffes ($2,400) would certainly fit the bill, wouldn't they? Click the product images to shop the rest of this look!
While she stands pretty small at this point, Masai Giraffes are the tallest land mammal, reaching over 18 feet at adulthood! Shani was born to mom Naema, who still stands guard at the Los Angeles Zoo, and the lil one's already super expressive. While we've peeped other baby giraffes more recently, I still remember the species from that magical birth video from a few years back.
In addition to record-breaking height, they can run up to 35 miles an hour and lash out with a kick so powerful that it can decapitate a lion! Whoa, don't cross her path.
Giraffes communicate through posturing and other movements, especially the way tails move! Try to guess what the twosome is saying to each other in the gallery when you read more
The minute I saw this cutie pie named Carlo, I remembered that learn-to-read series starring Carlo the giraffe who likes to count and do art projects. However, those books have been along for much longer than the babe born on April 8 at the Nuremberg Zoo (where Flocke and Rasputin live 'til later this month), and he's actually just made his first public run this week! The giraffe got the hang of galloping and posing cutely but see for yourself in the gallery below!
You've seen it here first . . . and it's a boy. Or a girl. Regardless of gender, this babe certainly has a sweet sniffer, checking out the giraffe house in Hungary.
Born at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden, keepers haven't yet named the 3-day-old — probably since the sex is not yet determined — and it won't make its public zoo debut 'til next week. Already standing nearly 70 inches tall, this lil one has quite a ways to go before reaching the adult height of 17 to 20 feet!
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Move right along, nothing to see here. Oh wait, there's something to see — this adorable babe!
Born on Oct. 26, Sara enjoys long walks in her Hanover zoo enclosure with mom, Juji. The twosome are Rothschild Giraffes, the second most endangered giraffe subspecies with only a few hundred known members all over the world. See what else you know about giraffes here and check out the pictures below — the kissy one is the cutest!
Looks like this is another animal whose tongue is not pink, but that's not what makes her special — she's the eleventh
See more pics of the sassy babe when you read more
I love giraffes but even with all the things I do know about these guys, I never gave much thought about how you'd get the world's tallest animal from point A to point B . . . if walking was not an option! Now I've got my answer as this animal recently relocated from the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand to Taronga's Western Plains Zoo in Australia. How did Ntombi make the big trip? Why by a huuuuge boat of course, followed by a hitching a lift from this crane as he arrives at Sydney's Port Botany today.
Check out more piccys of big Ntombi's big trip when you read more