Real life from the crack of dawn....
Okay ... that is nasty. Here's another disgusting zoo story. When we were in San Diego last month, we stopped by the giraffe exhibit. There were three giraffes: daddy, momma and baby. They are reaching their long necks up to the feeder to munch on the hay, or whatever it is they eat... Then Momma Giraffe has to "go" and let loose a stream of urine - a looooong stream of urine. Momma's body is probably six feet off the ground. Well, that's bad enough, but then Daddy Giraffe steps up to the stream. He gives her rear end a nice stiff then proceeds to stick his long tongue into the urine stream and drink it!!!! Fortunately, there was a zoo guide nearby and he explained that it's a natural giraffe behavior called "phlegming" and that the Daddy giraffe is basically doing a kind of ovulation test to see if Momma is ready to mate. Still ... ick.
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