Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tailor-Made 40XL Jacket For Giraffe

This post is dedicated to Sandy.
In the Oakland Zoo, Tiki, like many a lady of a certain age, feels the cold these days. you see Tiki is a giraffe. So workers at the Zoo are having a custom fit coat made to keep the giraffe cozy this winter. She is 18 and this is a venerable age for giraffes. Tiki is suffering the effects of age. She already gets regular visits from the chiropractor, a masseuse and an acupuncturist. Can you believe it? Those are accepted treatments for horses, at least in the San Francisco Bay area. They provide a gentle way to treat animals without drugs.acupuncture helps with her shoulder and withers. But the Bat area winter chills had baffled the keepers of the African mammal. At 13 feet tall, she was too tall to be herded into a stall and have regular horse blankets she might get tangles in. So they got in touch with a horse blanket designer who agreed to donate her services to tailor a coat for Tiki. It is a tasteful forest green and features a removable liner for those inbetween das. The designer had to climb a ladder to get measurements but the result? A 40 extra, extra long jacket :0)

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