Dec 5, 2011

Have you ever fed a carrot to a Giraffe???

 Ever dreamt of hand feeding a giraffe or two?
When that big face bends down towards your hand,
on such an impossibly long neck, 
it is truly one of the most magical experiences on the planet.

We got to hand feed them on the weekend, 
as one of the activities on offer at Melbourne's Werribee open range zoo.
The first course was acacia branches.
I had to hold on tight, as they stripped the leaves off the stem.
Then they were a bit keen on carrots.
Rather like feeding a horse, 
but that muzzle is much more gentle.
A giraffe kiss, that's what it felt like! 
And the tongue is about as long as the neck, it seems.
So keen on apples, they stuck their tongues out 
so we could pop the fruit straight on.
Their favourite food were these lucerne pellets.
Dessert for giraffes, I think.
 An absolutely magical experience,
and one to treasure.
{And I think the adults loved it every bit as much as the kids,
but shhh...don't tell them...}

Images: blue fruit.
Details: Zoos Victoria Werribee Open Range Zoo Giraffe Encounter


  1. Annie Loveridge5/12/11 9:44 AM

    What a lovely thing to do - lucky you! My girls would be soooo envious! Aren't giraffes just so majestic and graceful? Beautiful photos - everyone looks so happy. Annie x.

  2. Georgica Pond5/12/11 4:31 PM

    How gorgeous - looks at that soft fuzzy muzzle and those beautiful almond shaped black outlined eyes, so beautiful. You can see how soft and silky that fur is in the photo, just want to stroke that lovely long neck.

  3. robinsonheather5/12/11 8:10 PM

    Oh this absolutely made my morning! Especially to finally see a photo of you! :) Of course you are just as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside. What a wonderful experience that must have been. They are so graceful, aren't they? I once fed an elephant but frankly was scared to bits the whole time! Not the same thing at all...


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