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14 fast facts about giraffes

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:07 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:07 PM


            (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

April the giraffe may be welcoming her new calf with partner Oliver at any time now.

The mammal at the Animal Adventure Park in New York has had viewers on high alert for over 24 hours.

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>> Related: WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

While we wait for the new calf, here are some facts on giraffes:
  1. Calves are 6 feet tall when they are born.

  2. Male giraffes, such as April's partner, Oliver, may grow up to 18 feet tall.

  3. Female giraffes such as mother April, reach up to 14 feet in height.

  4. Giraffes only eat plants and use their long tongues to get leaves from trees.

  5. Their tongues are 21 inches long.

  6. A favorite food of giraffes come from the acacia tree.

  7. The necks of giraffes are shorter than their legs.

  8. Giraffes only need to drink once every few days, but if water is readily available they may drink more often.

  9. A giraffe pregnancy lasts about 15 months.

  10. Newborn calves fall about 5 feet to the ground upon birth.

  11. Within about 30 minutes of being born, calves are able to walk around. Within 10 hours, they can run with their mother.

  12. All giraffes have unique patterns; none are exactly alike.

  13. Both male and female giraffes have horns, which are actually ossicones that are made of cartilage and covered by skin.

  14. Giraffes have a lifespan of 25 years in the wild and can live longer in captivity.

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Trump defends 'zero tolerance' immigration policy

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

A Look At Donald Trump's Presidency

President Donald Trump defended his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy on Monday, writing in a series of tweets that children are being used “by the worst criminals on earth” to get into America as critics slammed the policy for separating children from their parents.

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“Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country,” Trump wrote. “Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.”

The president pointed to a rise in crime in Germany as an example of the chaos caused by illegal immigration, writing in a tweet that it was a “big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture.”

However, Germany’s internal ministry reported last month that criminal offenses in the country were at their lowest since 1992, according to Reuters.

This spring, the Trump administration ordered prosecutors to charge every person illegally crossing the border. Children traveling with the adults have been separated and placed in detention centers, prompting protests nationwide.

The president has blamed Democrats for not fixing the law that allows for the separations.

“Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration,” the president wrote. “Change the laws!”

Despite his claim that Democrats are at fault for the situation, The Associated Press reported that the Trump administration “put the policy in place and could easily end it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Child knocks over glass sculpture, parents may be on the hook for $132,000 bill 

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:20 AM

Kansas Family May Have To Pay $132K Bill After Child Breaks Glass Sculpture

A child’s accident that broke a piece of art may cost a family in Kansas City $132,000.

Sarah Goodman and her husband and child were at a wedding reception at Overland Park’s Tomahawk Ridge Community Center. Sarah told the Kansas City Star her family was getting ready to leave and was saying goodbye to the bride’s father and they heard a noise on May 19. 

When they went to investigate, a glass sculpture was on the ground.

Goodman told The Star, “He probably hugged it. Maybe my son hugged a torso because he’s a loving, sweet nice boy who just graduated from preschool.”

The parents may be paying the bill for that hug. Goodman said she received a letter from Travelers insurance that stated:

“This loss occurred when your son was in a closed area of the property and toppled a glass sculpture. Under common law in Kansas, you are responsible for the supervision of a minor child and your failure to monitor them during this loss could be considered negligent,” The Star reported.

In surveillance video however, people are seen in the same room where the sculpture was located.

The letter then asked the Goodmans for their insurance information.

Goodman says that while she is working with her home owners insurance company, KSHB reported, she shouldn’t have to pay the bill because the sculpture was not marked do not touch. It was also not roped off from visitors or secured in her opinion.

“It’s in the main walkway. Not a separate room. No Plexiglass. Not protected. Not held down,” Goodman told KSHB. “There was no border around it. There wasn’t even a sign around it that said, ‘Do not touch.’”

A spokesperson for Overland Park says that the sculpture was on loan and that the city is responsible to protect it, but added that it was not to be touched.

“There’s a societal responsibility that you may not interact with it if it’s not designated for interaction,” Sean Reilly told KSHB.

Goodman said she has not figured out how she will pay the value of the glass sculpture and she’s upset that no one from the city has shown concern for her son after the accident.

“He’s honestly been having bad dreams every night,” Goodman told KSHB. “None of these people have ever once said, ‘How is Troy? how is your son holding up? Is his face OK?’”

Goodman told police, who were called to the scene because of a disturbance, that her son had injuries to his face, but police said it was a civil matter, The Star reported.

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Laura Bush, Melania Trump speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 5:41 AM

Feds Say 1,500 Immigrant Children Missing, They’re Not Responsible

Two first ladies are weighing in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.

>> Five undocumented immigrants dead after chase with Border Patrol, officials say

Former first lady Laura Bush criticized the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration as "cruel" in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday.

>> Read the piece here

"I live in a border state," Bush wrote. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart."

According to The Associated Press, the policy, which started last month, "sought to maximize criminal prosecutions of people caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally," leading to more adults in jail, separated from their children. 

>> Reports: 1,500 immigrant children missing, feds say they’re not responsible

"Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso," Bush continued. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history."

She added: "In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can."

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First lady Melania Trump also shared her thoughts on the issue Sunday.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

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Texas mom discovers opiates in restaurant pasta

Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 3:43 PM

Opiates Found in Leftover Pasta from Restaurant

A mother who celebrated her 3-year-old daughter’s birthday at a Cheddar’s restaurant in Texas said she got an unwelcome surprise when she opened leftovers from the party - opiates. 

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“I was in the state of just panic, just numbness, just because I wanted to make sure she was fine,” Brittani McGhee-Smith told KVII.

McGhee-Smith said her grandfather discovered the two pills buried in the pasta’s marina sauce, according to WTXF. After a quick search online, she discovered they were 50mg tablets of the opiate, Tramadol.

The City of Amarillo Environmental Health Department told KVII officials inspected the Cheddar’s restaurant and discovered that personal medication was being kept on the kitchen prep line. 

In a statement to KVII, Cheddar’s said it has partnered with the health department to review its policy on personal items and proper storage.

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