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Disappearance of two white giraffes solved

Posted on Sunday, 15 March, 2020 | Comment icon 19 comments

There is now only one white giraffe left. Image Credit: YouTube / Hirola Conservation Program
Rangers in Kenya have solved the mystery of what happened to two of the last few remaining white giraffes.
Since August of last year, Kenya's Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy had been home to three very rare giraffes suffering from leucism - a condition that causes a partial loss of skin pigmentation.

Several months ago however, two of them - a female and her calf - mysteriously disappeared without a trace, much to the puzzlement of the rangers who had been protecting them.

Now at last, the fate of the two missing giraffes has finally been determined and it's sad news - both animals had seemingly been killed by armed poachers shortly after they went missing.
"This is a very sad day for the community... and Kenya as a whole," said conservancy manager Mohammed Ahmednoor.

"We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffe."

An investigation is currently underway and it remains unclear exactly why the animals were killed.

As things stand, the one surviving white giraffe is likely to need round-the-clock protection.

Source: Live Science | Comments (19)

Tags: White Giraffe

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by cathya on 15 March, 2020, 18:01
How sad.  People do these things just for attention and to cause pain to those who love these rare animals.  I hope they catch them. But, I don't think that will ever happen.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker on 16 March, 2020, 6:25
Yeah. Probably killed for the skin. Probably sold for a ton. So some rich idiot can feel like he's special.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Myles on 16 March, 2020, 12:06
I don't think that is even on the list of why they do it.  
Comment icon #13 Posted by jowasmus on 16 March, 2020, 14:09
Even if hunting is not "painless" it is still legal. I understand that people feel sympathy for animals, but you are 100% right on this one. It amazes me how "butt hurt" people get over this subject & never consider where the food on their plate comes from. Even vegans "kill" plant life to eat. LOL
Comment icon #14 Posted by third_eye on 16 March, 2020, 14:25
This is a case of poaching, hardly hunting... Just like it was not  illegal to lynch Negro folks when they used to...  [00.03:19] ~
Comment icon #15 Posted by Hammerclaw on 17 March, 2020, 1:33
Two White Giraffes? Sounds like an Amazon original.
Comment icon #16 Posted by jowasmus on 18 March, 2020, 13:52
My understanding is that the area was open & hunting is legal. If that's the case, it's not poaching. You can bring lynching in all you want, but it's not the same. Animals are not people & don't have the same rights. Until they do, your argument is moot unless I am wrong about hunting being legal in that area.
Comment icon #17 Posted by jowasmus on 18 March, 2020, 14:36
Okay, I stand corrected. I see that it is legal to hunt animals that are not an endangered species. I also see that there may be 2 subspecies of giraffe that are on the endangered list. If that's the case, I'm wrong & I apologize. If that's the case, this is poaching & not hunting & there is a drastic difference. I also want to say that I believe in hunting as a means to control & help the population, as well as a source of food, but I do have an issue with those being cruel or just looking for trophies while the meat rots or quick money for rare fur or whatever else they can s... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye on 18 March, 2020, 14:43
So we can safely agree that this particular case is not only illegal but also cruel...  ~
Comment icon #19 Posted by jowasmus on 18 March, 2020, 20:38
Yes we can.

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