I was going to write one post but I decided against it and now I’m going to write this post instead.
I was at the zoo with Third Daughter and the Lansing Priest, and we were watching the giraffes. One of the female giraffes began to urinate. The male giraffe stooped his head behind her, extended his riotously long and twisty tongue, and used it to catch some of the stream. Then he raised his head and sucked air over the liquid in his mouth, just the way I used to do at wine tastings when I wanted to aerate the sip I had just taken in an effort to release its flavors more fully.
The lady leading the tour that had stopped next to us said that the male giraffe does this in order to monitor the female’s fertility. When she is fertile, the taste of her urine will change, and he will know it is time for love. The tour guide said that the male keeps a very close watch over this.