Thursday, November 30, 2006

For all you wussies who couldn't handle a few green finger photos,
meet Richard ...


Richard was born at the Calgary Zoo on November 15. He was 6'4" at birth and his mom, Mardi, is really proud of him.
There are more photos of him right here.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Richard is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for adding the link to the other pictures. I love the picture of Mardi kissing baby Richard. I have a student that is an animal freak so I'm going to send him the link to the Calgary Zoo.

mellowlee said...

OMG he is so beeautiful! So damn cute!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Isn't he a beauty, Toccata? I would have posted the other pics as well, because I loved the mom/son kiss too, but something went goofy. Thanks for sending that link to your student. I hope he'll enjoy it.

Makes up for the green finger, doesn't he, Mel? I wanna baby giraffe for Christmas!

Stephanie said...

awwww sooo cute!

Barbara said...

He looks like a little prince.
That is cute and not hard on the eyes.

Ben Heller said...

Giraffes are in my top five all time animal species. I have a natural affinity to any animal that is awkward but cute.

phlegmfatale said...

Aren't those giraffes just the cutest damned things? Cute overload, definitely!

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

aaaaaaahhhh.

Dale said...

No sexy infected toes on the baby or anything? I'm very disappointed. It's just a giraffe. Okay, it's a very beautiful giraffe.

Karen said...

Tall, Dark and cute - not to mention he's got a really long tongue. Oh wait...he's a giraffe...ooops.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Makes you want to get one for yourself, doesn't it, Stephanie? Although your puppy might freak...

You've been watching the Lion King too much, Barbara W. He does look rather regal, tthough, in a quiet unassuming way.

I'm glad I could bring you one of your top 5 Ben. I'll have to see if I can guess the other 4 species. I'm guessing you would like baby animals of all sorts.

I know, PF, makes you want to take a spoonful of lemon juice just to counteract all the cuteness!

There are no hidden deformities to make this an edgy post, Dale. This is a straight up cute attack.

Whoa ho, interspecies! Well there's the touch of edginess this post was missing, Karen! You're so hardcore.

Allison said...

Next to kolas, and dolphins, giraffes are my favourite animal. I'd have to agree with Ben's point, its the slight awkwardness that makes me love them.
This reminds me of an article I read the other day, they're now able to take pictures of animals in the womb.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Giraffes are strange in that they are simultaneously awkward and graceful. Thanks for that link, Allison. That fetal elephant was pretty amazing.

John Mutford said...

Aww. So nice to see giraffes being born in their natural brick habitat, eh? Pretty cute though. The mom, the way she's sticking her head in from the side, reminds me of Jerome from the Friendly Giant.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

"natural brick habitat" - oh snap!
You're right though, John, she looks exactly like Jerome, whom I always thought was an extremely cool dude.

John Mutford said...

Yeah, he sort of had a Coltrane sort of vibe.

Deb said...

Oh, I love them!!! I want one too....did you know they love Eggo waffles?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He was pretty happening for a giraffe, that's for sure, John.

What, giraffes love Eggo waffles? Now how do you know something like that, Deb? Seriously.

phlegmfatale said...

Nah, Barbara - the cuteness counter-acts a bunch of sourness I've already dealt with this week, so we're even-steven.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ugh, sorry you had a sour week, Phlegmfatale, but I'm glad it ended up even.

justacoolcat said...

Giraffe's are so pretty. I have two hand made wooden pieces that a friend made for me that look like Richard. I'll post some pics this weekend. I do tend to skip the Giraffe exhibits at the zoo, as they make me sad.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I would love to see pictures of those, JACC.

I feel quite conflicted about zoos. On the one had they do tout conservation and the good ones have excellent management practices, but on the other hand, the animals are enclosed, regardless of how progressive the zoo is.

kees said...

Hello Richard! Aw what a darling. So cute. And also very much enjoyed Allison's link - amazing, I love stuff like that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He is gorgeous, isn't he, Kees? And that was a grand link. The inernetz is full of great stuff!

Deb said...

We used to be frequent visitors of the game farm (until we found out how they were neglecting their animals).

We always took food - usually "healthy" stuff like vegetables, seeds, etc. - to feed the animals.

One time I had a box of Eggo's, completely thawed. And the giraffes went WILD and followed me everywhere. It was hilarious...they tried stealing my bag!

(Oh, and to hippopotamuses, pumpkins are like chocolate...they love them. We used to throw whole (small) ones to them and they'd practically swallow them whole!).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Wow, Deb, that's astounding - I had no idea. You must be really fun to go to the zoo with! And no doubt the animals think so too.