An ancestor of the giraffe split into two evolutionary branches, one leading to the okapi with its short neck and the other branch leading to the giraffes.
The giraffe born at the Dallas Zoo last week is a healthy baby girl. The spindly-legged bundle of joy weighs 139 lbs. (63 kilograms) and stands 5 feet 10 inches (1.8 meters) tall, a spokeswoman said.
If you've ever wanted to see a giraffe being born, now's your chance. Katie, a giraffe at the Dallas Zoo, is due to give birth any day now, and you can watch it live online.
Specialized bone structure makes skinny giraffe legs sturdy enough to support 1 ton of body weight.
The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated controversy by euthanizing a healthy giraffe last month to prevent inbreeding, has now euthanized four healthy lions.
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