Giraffes in general have basically calm and inoffensive personalities, but each giraffe seems to harbor their own "Inner Comedian". Their long, angular faces and ridiculously long tongues make them the animal kingdom's award winning Masters of the Goofy Face.
Baby giraffes possess an even more exponential cute factor, compounded by their quizzical, perpetually perplexed expression that doesn't begin to dissipate until they reach their first year. Perhaps this is a form of passive protection, for what predator could gaze on that face and not stop and go "Awwwwwwww", thus alerting the giraffes to their nefarious presence. The giraffes then have the choice of sniffing derisively at the predator and sauntering away in the other direction, or, if they're in a bit of a giraffe-y snit, promptly kicking said predator's ass.
So anyway...there is a reason I composed this particular giraffe ode this morning. A friend at work will be attending the International Association of Giraffe Care Professionals conference next month (no, I am not making that up), and she asked if I would be willing to donate some giraffe art for their silent auction, with the proceeds benefiting the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
Srsly? A favorite creature, a totally fun subject and a great cause? It took me all of a nanosecond to agree to do it. Here's the progress so far:
My Muse is sticking her neck out to support a cause (go ahead and groan...I did). To jocularity, and beyond!