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White Giraffes Caught on Video

Check out the footage of a female and a baby

(Newser) - For the first time ever, white giraffes have been caught on video. Back in June, a villager in Kenya came upon the extremely rare white giraffes — a female and a baby — near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy and reported the sighting to local rangers, the New York Times reports.... More »

Name of April the Giraffe's Calf Revealed

Tajiri, which means 'hope'

(Newser) - More than two weeks after April the giraffe finally gave birth , her calf's name has been revealed. Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, which live-streamed the final stages of April's pregnancy to millions of viewers who waited impatiently for the calf to be born, staged a contest... More »

Park: April's Fine, Please Stop Emailing Us

Giraffe live cam is coming down this week

(Newser) - April the Giraffe's wildly popular live cam is going dark this week. Animal Adventure Park in New York announced on Facebook that the cam will be turned off as early as Wednesday, reports CNET . April gave birth over the weekend, and since then concerned viewers have flooded the park... More »

April the Giraffe Gives Birth. Finally

Nearly 2M people watched the livestreamed birth

(Newser) - After approximately 1,400 hours of livestreaming video, April the giraffe finally gave birth, the Washington Post reports. And nearly 2 million people spent their Saturday morning watching. According to USA Today , the 15-year-old giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York has been pregnant for 16 months and finally... More »

Woman Who Trolled Pregnant Giraffe Beats Giraffe to Actual Birth

Erin Dietrich went live again from the hospital

(Newser) - Apparently, spoofing a giraffe who seems like it may never give birth is a pretty good way to induce your own labor. Erin Dietrich, the South Carolina woman who went viral with her video impersonating April the pregnant giraffe , gave birth to a boy Wednesday night. She posted the announcement... More »

Internet Really Ready for Arrival of 150-Pound Baby

Baby giraffe, that is

(Newser) - After 15 months gestation, giraffes are born hooves first, weighing about 150 pounds. And the internet is really, really ready for April's baby to be born. Harpursville, New York's Animal Adventure Park's giraffe live stream has picked up steam on YouTube —minus a brief incident in... More »

Why Live-Stream of Pregnant Giraffe Got Yanked Off YouTube

It's back, but not before complaints of nudity and sexually explicit content

(Newser) - It was up, then it was taken down, now it's up again. A live cam trained on a pregnant giraffe at a New York animal center was taken offline by YouTube, but after an appeal, the stream is once again up and running, NBC4 reports. The controversy had swirled... More »

A Surprise 'Silent Extinction': Giraffes

IUCN report reveals 'devastating' decline of nearly 40% over past 30 years

(Newser) - No one used to pay much mind to the giraffes that roamed Africa. But new numbers from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature show a significant decline in their population over the past three decades and have conservationists worried that the elegant creature is falling victim to what... More »

3 Rare Giraffes Killed Over Their Tails

'What an absolute waste'

(Newser) - Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to elephants, rhinos, and giraffes—well, it used to be. Because of poaching, elephant numbers are dwindling, the rhinos are all gone, and the rare Kordofan giraffes may be headed that way. Just 2,000 of the giraffes... More »

Calif. Couple Jailed in Africa After Buying Souvenir

They were told the carved giraffe bone was legal

(Newser) - A California couple on safari in Africa bought a souvenir that ended up being far more expensive than they could have imagined. Jon and Linda Grant picked up the souvenir, a 15- to 18-inch giraffe bone onto which a herd of elephants had been carved, at a game reserve in... More »

Rare White Giraffe 'Alive and Well' in Tanzania Park

But the unique animal could be at risk from poachers

(Newser) - A rare 15-month-old white giraffe has made another appearance in Tanzania, leaving conservationists to hope poachers don't decide to go all Ahab on it, the Telegraph reports. According to USA Today , the unique giraffe was spotted as a calf last year in Tarangire National Park. It was seen again... More »

Baby Giraffe Dies in 'Horrific' Accident at Miami Zoo

Juvenile injured spinal cord when his head got stuck in a fence

(Newser) - Staff at Zoo Miami are mourning the loss of a juvenile giraffe that had to be put down Tuesday after the 7-month-old got his head stuck in a fence. Wesley the giraffe poked his head into a 10-inch gap in a chain link fence on Tuesday, toward where another giraffe... More »

Scientists Uncover Clues About Giraffe's Long Neck

Evolutionary bursts occurred 7M and 1M years ago

(Newser) - In further proof that size matters, the giraffe likely developed a long neck so males could battle each other for mates. If you've ever seen a male giraffe whip its foes , you'll know the neck can be an nasty weapon, with the added benefit that giraffes can reach... More »

Scientists Finally Know What Sound a Giraffe Makes

It's a low-frequency hum

(Newser) - What does the giraffe say? For decades it’s been a simple answer: nothing, except for a snort or grunt every now and then. Though giraffes have a voice box, one line of thought was that due to their long necks it was too difficult for the creatures to generate... More »

Famous Baby Giraffe Breaks Neck in Tragic Accident

Kipenzi broke her neck while 'scampering'

(Newser) - It's a bad week for animal lovers: First Cecil , then Nabire , now Kipenzi. The baby giraffe died in a "heartbreaking" accident at the Dallas Zoo last night. The zoo details what happened on Facebook : "As the giraffe herd was shifting inside for the night, Kipenzi began scampering... More »

Giraffes Are Silently Disappearing

Group says numbers have dropped 40% in 15 years

(Newser) - It's apparently time to start worrying about giraffes. While they don't get the attention of elephants or other high-profile animals on the brink, new numbers from a conservation group show a startling decline: The world had 140,000 giraffes in 1999, and it has 80,000 today. “... More »

Giraffe Killed After Head Hits Highway Bridge

...in grisly scene eerily similar to a clip from The Hangover Part III

(Newser) - The scene may have drawn a few giggles in The Hangover Part III , but the horrific, real-life death of a giraffe on a South African highway this week has animal rights activists fuming. A witness tweeted a picture of two giraffes sticking out of a truck on a highway, with... More »

How Giraffes' Skinny Legs Support All That Weight

Researchers discover a special ligament

(Newser) - With giraffes tipping the scales at 2,000 pounds or more, how on earth do those skinny legs support all that weight? Researchers think they've discovered the trick, and it involves an uber-supportive ligament tucked inside a groove in the animal's lower leg bones, reports Phys.org . Other... More »

Delta's 'Ghana Giraffe' Ignites Twitter Fury

There are no giraffes in Ghana

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines is getting an earful from the Internet over a postgame tweet. After the US beat Ghana in yesterday's World Cup match, Delta congratulated the American team with a pair of pictures, since deleted but viewable here . One showed the Statue of Liberty with the US score;... More »

Giraffe Nuzzles Dying Zoo Worker

Terminally ill man wanted to say goodbye

(Newser) - One of the week's viral photos got that way for a nice reason. The image shows a giraffe at the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, giving a kiss of sorts to a terminally ill zoo worker, reports ABC News . Mario Eijs, who is mentally disabled, has a brain tumor... More »

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