Saturday, February 26, 2011

Arnieta the Giraffe Calf

Arnieta, the reticulated giraffe was born in January 2007 while I was volunteering at the Brookfield Zoo. She was a sweet, curious little giraffe and per their website she's 1,300 pounds now and 12 feet tall. I got to see her soon after she was born. I drew this version of her from memory while watching "Get Low" tonight.


She looked like she was covered in velvet and had the longest eyelashes. Here is a journal entry I wrote on January 28th, the day I met her.

"Baby giraffe! Baby giraffe! *sing song* Baaaaby Giraaaffffeeeeeee!

On January 17th Franny the Giraffe gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I got to see her Saturday. She's about 5 foot 5 and has the longest eyelashes and dark coloring. She was very inquisitive and it's hard to believe she is only 10 days old when you look at her. She is very brave and confident, exploring the building. Did you know giraffe's use their tongues like we use our hands? She kept licking the rope fencing and then licking the walls.

I saw her fold herself into a tiny giraffe ball and go to sleep when I saw her at lunchtime. I went back after my zoo shift was over to watch the baby for "a little while". An hour and 15 minutes later, I headed home. I have never seen something that looks graceful and awkward at the same time."

Arnieta Arnieta

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