Giraffe With Crooked Neck Keeps His Chin Up, Giraffes Like A Champ
A giraffe in Tanzania doesn’t seem too bent out of shape for having its neck … uh, bent out of shape.
Wildlife photographer Mark Drysdale captured these images of this remarkable animal while on safari in the Serengeti earlier this month.
“It continues to lead a normal life in spite of its odd shape,” he wrote on Facebook. Drysdale said he’s never seen anything like it in his eight years as a professional wildlife photographer, the Daily Mail reports.
Drysdale suggests in his Facebook post that the condition is the result of an injury sustained during a fight with another giraffe five or six years ago. Caters News Agency reports the animal lives in an area of Tanzania with few veterinary resources.
Male giraffes often engage in a fighting ritual called “necking,” in which they swing their long necks around and headbutt each other to establish dominance or secure a mate. Sometimes one of them is knocked out, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, but “very rarely” die in such contests.
A safari company in Botswana posted this video last year of another giraffe with a similar condition, writing that it was about 15 years old at the time.
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