Moms know. (Stretching the reach)

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

No excuses for spotty reports, but thought an update on a tall tail might be the weekend’s grin.

Yao Ming met with a reporter from local news station recently.

(You know reporters. They always want the dirt.)

Born Feb 25, 2013, life became a bit of a pain for Houston’s Masai giraffe calf., Yao Ming.

Perhaps Yao tried to live up to his celebrity name by running fast and loose too young? 

(Far too many youngsters put too much pressure on themselves trying to be a star.)

Watchful eyes noticed Yao started limping and jumped in to help.

Grabbed the ball and ran with it once vets discovered the rambunctious calf  had a life threatening bone infection.

The surgery performed last month on his right front shoulder went very well.

His infected left rear leg healed quickly as the bone was not affected yet.

Zoo officials say it’s day by day…

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Baby Giraffe Dies After Battle With Bone Infection At Houston Zoo

This is so sad. I love giraffes so much.

CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Houston Zoo’s Masai giraffe calf “Yao” died Friday after a lengthy battle against a bone infection.

According to a press release sent to CBS Radio Houston on Friday, “Yao” endured an aggressive course of treatment since mid-March. “Yao”, a seven-week old Masai giraffe calf, was sedated Friday morning and Dr. Wyatt Winchell, an equine orthopedic specialist, x-rayed his right shoulder and left hip. “The x-rays indicated Yao’s right shoulder had stabilized,” Dr. Winchell stated. “However, the images also indicated degenerative joint disease and cartilage loss around the area of the hip joint, a secondary effect of the original bacterial infection which had shown indications of being resolved,” Dr. Winchell added.

Antibiotics were administered to the giraffe and were expected to successfully control the animal’s bacterial infection. “In consultation with Dr. Winchell, we determined the resulting degenerative joint disease and cartilage loss in the left hip would…

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