Frozen Male Hatchling
Birthday: Thursday, August 25, 2011
As babies, ziraafas are adorable things, to be certain. They are able to walk within a few hours of their birth, their eyes wide with wonder and endearing innocence. Whatever creature is nearest a ziraafa when it is born is deemed the little one's mother. This is rather unfortunate, as a few creatures have a ziraafa determinedly following them around. One such surrogate mother is a gryphon, who seems content enough with its role as a foster parent. To offset this trait, any magi with a ziraafa egg carry it around constantly, so that when the egg cracks, the magi is right there. When it is first born, a ziraafa's neck is rather short, as space in the egg is tight. Soon enough, though, the ziraafa is grazing happily and converting most of its energy into growth.
Ziraafa's are lovely creatures to behold, their size making them rather popular. Of course, being so small, these companions cannot reach higher vegetation, though they prefer the more tender leaves to those on the ground. A ziraafa's power is an interesting one, suited to their way of life. They have control over gravity on small objects. They use this power to eat, mostly, pulling leaves down to their open mouths. Ziraafas can also use their magic on themselves. If a ziraafa is being chased, it will call on its magic and make itself light, so that it can run at incredibly speeds. As is common, young ziraafas cannot control their magic as well, and often require lessons from the adults. Ziraafa hatchlings love to race against one another, and do best in each other's company. Ziraafas are social enough creatures, bonding easily with their magi and the other animals around the castle. The easiest way to gain a ziraafa's attention is to approach it with food, perhaps some tender leaves. Ziraafas are always focused on filling their bellies. It is wise not to approach a sleeping ziraafa though, lest it gets startled. If alarmed, the little one will take off a dead run, covering a surprising amount of ground. The ziraafa will run for the shelter of its magi, communicating its panic by bleating incessantly. If a magi ignores their ziraafa for too long, the tiny creature will use its magic against its magi, and pull the magi's hand down to the ground. Then the ziraafa is able to rub against their companion's hand, comforting itself. This can be annoying to say the least, so any magi considering raising a ziraafa had best be able to supply unconditional love at all times.