How do you get a baby giraffe to drink?
Handlers at Kristiansand Dyrepark (not the most tropical place for a giraffe to come into the world) have today managed to feed the unnamed week-old female from a bottle for the first time — virtually ramming the bottle down its neck (see picture below)
But the baby giraffe hasn’t figured out how to suck, and shows no interest in its mother. It had previously been fed from a drip inserted into its neck.
But how do you get a giraffe interested in its mother’s milk?
A local newspaper, Dagbladet, has even asked its readers for suggestions about how to help the already dangerously spindly creature. Among them:
– Try to get it to suck the finger of one of the park staff to get it used to the idea.
– Put a TV screen in the pen showing films of other young giraffes eating.
Any giraffe experts out there with other ideas?