Mammal Monday, Okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe. It is most closely related to the giraffe. Okapis have scent glands on each foot that produce a tar-like substance to mark their territory.
Detail from CSGEO6232. West Court large Right whale skeleton. Man and woman standing near the restoration model of Mammoth, skeleton of mastodon. 1 man and 3 seated women in period 1894 dress, woman in white. Field Columbian Museum.
Went to Chicago today to celebrate my birthday, which isn’t actually until tomorrow (Oct. 29). We hit up the Field Museum and then Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, where I found the Chris Riddell-illustrated Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman! All in all a great day.
Reticulated Giraffe for the Field Museum’s “Biomechanics: The Machine Inside” Exhibition
One side is realistic, the opposite side houses an interactive demonstration of the pressure required to pump blood all the way to the animal’s head, with liquid filled rubber “heart” sack and clear tubing showing the movement of blood up the neck.