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Are baby giraffes cuter than baby monkeys? You be the judge

Last month, we here at Westword told you about the Denver Zoo's new, effing adorable baby monkey, Kanani. Kanani's effing adorable photo now serves as the computer desktop photo of a certain staff writer (me).

But maybe not for long. Today, the zoo sent a new crop of adorable baby-animal photos, this time of nine-day-old Cricket, an effing adorable giraffe. Well, to clarify, they sent four adorable photos and one slightly disturbing photo. It's the kind of photo that your prudish health teacher showed you in ninth grade to scare you into NEVER HAVING SEX. EVER.

Look below to see the adorable photos (and the gross-out one) and read some interesting giraffe facts! To get you started, here's a giraffe joke (not provided by the Denver Zoo). Why didn't the zoo animals invite the giraffe to the awesome zoo party? Because he was a pain in the neck! Ha! We're not talking about you, Cricket. You're effing adorable.

At birth, Cricket stood six feet, four inches tall and weighed 170 pounds.

Her parents are Heshimu and Dikembe, and she has an older brother named Timber.

Giraffes are born after a fifteen-month gestation period.

A calf will nurse on her mother's milk for approximately six months.

Giraffes are the world's tallest land mammals and can grow to be up to seventeen feet tall.

An adult female weighs up to 2,600 pounds, while an adult male weighs up to 4,215 pounds.

Like human fingerprints, the markings of a giraffe's coat are unique to each giraffe.

Giraffes live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, blog-readers, prepare to witness the miracle of life, courtesy of zoo photographer Dave Parsons. Ninth-grade health teachers the world over thank you, Dave.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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