Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Conservationists spot unique 'dwarf' giraffes


Posted on Sunday, 10 January, 2021 | Comment icon 1 comment

Not all giraffes are tall... Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Tony Hisgett
For the first time ever, abnormally short 'dwarf' giraffes have been spotted in Uganda and Namibia.
Resembling miniature versions of their regular counterparts, these pint-sized long-necked mammals, which look strangely disproportional due to their chunky legs, are half the size of normal giraffes.

One of them - named 'Gimli' after the character in The Lord of the Rings - was spotted at Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park, while another - 'Nigel' - was found on a private farm in Namibia.

"The initial reaction was disbelief," said study lead author Michael Brown.
Researchers believe that the two animals are suffering from skeletal dysplasia which causes abnormal bone development. They are the only giraffes in the world known to have this condition.

Conservationists have warned that Nigel and Gimli could be at greater risk from predators because, unlike other giraffes, they do not have the ability to effectively run and kick.

They could also struggle to compete with other giraffes for food in tall trees.

"The fact that this is the first description of dwarf giraffe is just another example of how little we know about these charismatic animals," said Giraffe Conservation Foundation co-founder Julian Fennessy.


Source: Live Science | Comments (1)


Tags: Giraffe


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DebDandelion on 9 January, 2021, 7:52
Look at those legs.. Those muscles look like a kung fu giraffe. Thank you for sharing! 




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




  On the forums
Dogs are able to tell when someone is lying
7-28-2021
A new study has indicated that our canine companions can often tell whether or not someone is telling the truth.
84-year-old German had WW2 tank in his cellar
7-27-2021
Lawyers are currently negotiating penalties for a German man who was storing 'weapons of war' in his cellar.
37-year-old wakes up believing that he's 16
7-27-2021
Daniel Porter got the fright of his life when he woke up one day having forgotten 21 years of his life.
Brainless blob can think and make decisions
7-26-2021
Scientists have observed a type of slime mold that is surprisingly brainy given its total lack of a brain.
Stories & Experiences
Mystery 'troll' captured on camera
4-24-2021 | Marsta, Sweden
 
My Grandfather's NDE
4-24-2021 | Oakland, California
 
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
 
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
 
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
 
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
 
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
 
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
 
 
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ