Are You Having A Giraffe?

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Apparently there’s not one but four species of giraffe.

Four.

*thud*

Recent analysis of giraffe DNA shows the distinction between these four different species (which don’t mate with one another) to be as pronounced as the difference between brown bears and polar bears.

Who knew?

No one, that’s who.

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17 thoughts on “Are You Having A Giraffe?

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      The first line of that is a classic;
      A grizzly–polar bear hybrid (also pizzly bear, polizzly, prizzly bear, pizzly-grizzly, nanulak, Polar-Grizz, or grolar bear….’

      Nice one.

    2. irishstu

      What would we call them? Bearaffes? Girrabears?
      And how would that work? Would the bear climb up a tree? Or the giraffe hunker down or something?

  1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I reckon that if they won’t mate with each other then they better not be moaning if they start going extinct.
    They’d have some neck.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      I’m not Anti-Giraffe in any way.
      Some of my best friends are giraffes.
      – But let me tell you this one thing…
      This thing I know….
      Every single one of them, every, single one…
      …every giraffe you ever see…
      …is a Donald Trump supporter.

      1. Lush

        You’re early today.
        And I don’t agree, they’re not all pro Trump.
        When was the last time you had a word with the lads at Dublin Zoo, eh?
        No, I thought not.

      2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Okay, I’ll concede on that point.
        – It was the orangutans I was thinking of.

        But you have to admit, those giraffes look like their high all the time.

        And they’re all racists. There, I said it.

  2. Gene_c

    Kind of a major oversight amongst zoologists wouldn’t you say? Probably still celebrating the African/Indian elephant breakthrough.

    1. Carlos Strange

      Would’ve thought they spotted it sooner! Probably some scientist knew but didn’t want to stick his/her neck out.

  3. Anne

    i can’t believe they don’t mate with one another.. they all look so similar.. Why so fussy?
    Like maybe they hang out with them for a weekend or two, just for the lols and never introduce them to anyone ever.. and that’s the end of it…who knows like?

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      People are strange.

      Giraffes are weird. The taller they get the more stupid they are.
      – I don’t think there’s as much or enough oxygen where they choose to hang out.

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