Wednesday, February 06, 2008

They're Going Neck And Neck

How Do You Measure A Giraffe For A Coat?

Staff at the Oakland Zoo in California are having a custom-fit coat made to keep the giraffe cosy this winter. At age 18, venerable for giraffes, Tiki already gets regular visits from a chiropractor, a masseuse and an acupuncturist. But at 13 feet tall, she is too big to be herded into a stall, and regular horse blankets are too ill-fitting to be left on her. So a horse-blanket designer has agreed to donate her services to tailor a coat for Tiki. To get precise measurements for the tailoring, zoo keeper Melissa McCartney had to scramble up a ladder. The result? A 40 extra, extra long.

FOOTNOTE: America's necks top model.

15 comments:

Animals with Opinions said...

hmmmmm maybe she could make me a coat too. i have trouble getting a proper fitting because of my long neck.

gerald the long-necked goat

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi David
One from the collection..

Why don't giraffes do drugs?
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Because they're naturally high!

:O) All the best
Tom

Akelamalu said...

For one horrible moment I thought you meant making a coat OUT OF THE GIRAFFE!

I'm posting my Weekend Wandering answer tomorrow morning.

Hammer said...

I wonder if tiki wears real fur..

Patty said...

I hope someone takes a photo of the giraffe in the new coat/blanket,

Charles Gramlich said...

A celebrity giraffe? Getting all the best treatment.

OHmommy said...

A tailored coat. I want to be a giraffe in my next life!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Necks top model... how you come up with this stuff is beyond me! :-)

The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote:

Tailor was given a tall order...

Bradley
The Egel Nest

imac said...

Tall story David.lol

Bubba's Sis said...

The egel Nest beat me to the punch! A tall order - ha!

D... said...

You are so clever! America's necks top model, hee!

Sandi McBride said...

who's up for knitting the cap and mittens? Or maybe Giraffes need crochet work...
I love this story...thank you David...smiles all around
Sandi

Am'n2deep said...

Hey it's like a real life Melman from the movie Madagascar!

Being a massage therapist myself, I wonder how much Oakland Zoo pays-
'cause that would be a whole lot a massage!

Just curious...

i beati said...

How cute a story is this !!!