Friday, 29 May 2015

Giraffe has zig-zag spine (but don't worry, all the other giraffes treat him normally)

The Masai giraffe is believed to have suffered with a wonky neck for five years after being injured in an accident

By Agency

1:38PM BST 29 May 2015

A giraffe with a broken neck has proved its survival instinct after surviving for five years with a zig-zag spine.

The Masai giraffe was discovered by photographer Mark Drysdale whilst on safari in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
 Photo: CATERS

A guide explained that the giraffe had survived the horrific accident without any medical attention - only to be left with the wonky neck.

Mr Drysdale, 53, who has been a fulltime professional wildlife photographer and guide for eight years, said: "I have never seen anything like it!

"But the other animals treated it as if it were completely normal and the giraffe seemed to be quite happy."

Male giraffes sometimes fight each other in vicious battles for the attention of females.

They stand side by side - pushing each other to prove who is strongest - but if they break their necks they normally die.

The Masai giraffe is the tallest species of giraffe and males can measure up to 19ft - making them the tallest animal on the planet.

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