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World Wednesday: Baby giraffe’s spots say it all

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 A female Somali Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) with calf at the Monarto Zoological Park in South Australia.

A female Somali Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) with calf at the Monarto Zoological Park in South Australia.

By Adam Jenkins [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

By Adam Jenkins [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

A female Somali Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) with calf at the Monarto Zoological Park in South Australia.

Isabella Kanzius, Deputy News Editor

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As many species as there are in Africa, one species sticks out the most. It is not just because of their six-foot-long necks or their six-foot-long legs.

The giraffe sticks out thanks to its unique spots. These spots on the giraffe are inherited from its mother.

A giraffe’s spots can be compared to its mother’s spots in two ways: The first way is to see if the roundness is similar or the same. The second way is to see if the borders of the spots are smooth.

The spots are more than just a physical characteristic; in fact, scientists can see from the splotches’ sizes and shapes that they may determine the chances of the calf’s survival. The bigger the splotches are, the higher the survival rate will be for the calf.

The spots also are useful for other reasons. The giraffe’s spots determine which species it belongs to and help other giraffes see that as well.

Also, the spots help the animal to regulate its temperature. Its spots can act as camouflage depending upon the pattern of spots.

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About the Writer
Isabella Kanzius, Deputy News Editor

If you have ever seen this extremely well-dressed girl on the morning news, then you have seen the wonderful Isabella Kanzius.

lsabella is a junior at BPHS and this is her first year writing for the paper.

She joined journalism to simply “get better at writing and because I like writing,” as she said.

She brings a lot of different things to Hawk Eye, which is why she would like to make sure the students and staff know what is going on “outside of the nest” and how it can affect us.

She would also like to write about entertainment (sports, school events, theater, etc.).

If you see her after school, she will be playing tennis and dancing.

She defines herself as a “competitive dancer.”

She is also in many after-school activities such as Forensics Club, latin dance, tennis, and mock trial.

After her years at BPHS, she plans to go to college and study abroad for a semester in Germany in law or nursing.

Her favorite author is Tatiana de Rosnay, and her dream vacation is a trip to Europe.

We are excited to have her along this year for the newspaper.

 

Written By: Anastasia Williams, Staff Writer

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