First Kiss (or, what happens when you feed a giraffe by mouth).

Naturalist got her first kiss today, and let me just say he was a real animal.


“Hey Babe! Come gimme some sugar!”

It all started innocently enough while we were visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. They have an amazing African Rift exhibit where you get up close and personal with the giraffes.


Giraffes are very soulful.

So close, you can feed them wafers by hand!


Giraffe tongues are long!

It didn’t take long for Naturalist and I to fully exploit this opportunity. Why feed them wafers by hand when you can stick the wafer out of your mouth? (I’ve found that we unschoolers really stick out in a crowd, yes?)


Giraffe tongues are very sticky.

Some may call this gross. And they’d be right! But, you can also call it way fun.




Feeding Giraffes by Mouth.

For those who want to know…giraffe tongues aren’t really wet, just very velvety. The strings of spit may be a turn off, as well as their breath and foot long tongue, but their eyes will get you every time.

Or, not.


Giraffe tongues are very twisty.

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6 Responses

  1. I love giraffes. :)

  2. Well, yeah, kinda gross, but pretty neat too. Love the video!

  3. great photos and video. my boys loved it. now they’ve gotta try it.

  4. Ah, that’s sweet. Gross yes, but sweet. I’ve never given much thought to Giraffes…there aren’t that many of them here in Canada…but now that you mention it, they do seem like very passive and lovable creatures.

    What a great experience for you guys.

  5. OMG! That’s so awesome!

  6. Sassy is a girl after my own heart – “THAT’S why I’m not feeding it with my mouth!” You and N are insane in your membranes. :P

    We went to a drive-through zoo here where you could feed the animals from your car. The giraffe stuck his entire ginormous head and about 12 feet of neck in the window, hoovered up all our lettuce, sneezed on Joe, then backed back out. Priceless.

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