It feels like just last week the majestic giraffe finally had its moment in the spotlight. Wait, that was last week. At long last, the world’s tallest land mammals are getting the respect they deserve. Except, because everything we humans love we somehow destroy, giraffes are now dying.
For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s tallest land species, the giraffe. Surprisingly, this majestic creature required only a small handful of mutations to attain its remarkable physical stature and physiology—but these mutations packed an evolutionary punch.
Featuring stunning proof that life sometimes imitates Far Side cartoons, this short piece on unusual giraffe deaths takes us through all the ways a creature with a long neck and no hands can perish, and there are some doozies.
Are they horns? Are they antlers? Are they feelers? What are the little tufts on the top of a giraffe’s head?
Sexual selection doesn’t necessarily just shape sexual anatomy – it can have as profound an effect on the rest of an animal’s body as natural selection does. In both cases, the end result is more babies for animals that look or act a particular way.
This is completely absurd but Nicolas Deveaux’s 5 Mètres 80 is so fun that it doesn’t really matter. A group of giraffes raid a pool and start jumping off the high dive while doing tricks. It’s all CGI but the giraffes look so realistic that I can’t help but imagine the alternate reality that this is happening…
Giraffe fight! Discovery caught a rare instance of these usually gentle creatures duking it out for territory on camera. Once we get past the Spaghetti Western music, these two start whipping their heads at each other in a truly wild martial arts battle.
The animal kingdom is brimming with fauna who get their rocks off in surprisingly unorthodox ways, and it adds an extra level of curiosity when you depict these behaviors using anthropomorphic models. Illustrator Humon has done just that. Oh hyenas, giving birth through your positively epic clitorises and whatnot.…
A six-foot tall giraffe was born at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and in order to get all her measurables (height, weight) the zoo hilariously had a beefy man carry the baby zoo on a scale. It seems so calm!