All eyes were on April the giraffe recently when she gave birth on a live webcam. One captured moment included April’s long neck reaching down towards the ground to accept a kiss from her handler. A picture like that really makes clear that the giraffe is the tallest living animal in the world. And baby giraffes are born taller than most humans! Their long necks help them reach leaves high above in the tree canopy, where other herbivores can’t reach. During mating season, the male giraffe’s neck becomes a weapon used to fight off the competition. But that neck provides a long journey from the heart to the head. What keeps the blood flowing?
Every 10 minutes, a new patient is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. To raise awareness of this significant need, Donate Life America has designated April as National Donate Life Month. It’s a time to recognize the life-saving potential of that little pink dot on your driver’s license!
As of the publication of this article, over 118,000 people are waiting for an organ, with over 2,000 of those being kids. Signing up for organ, eye and tissue donation can mean saving the life of a patient with no other course for survival.