If you like cute animas, then look no further!
If you’re wondering why the proportions of this giraffe seem off, they are not: this is actually a dwarf giraffe, one of two of his kind in the known world.
The dwarf giraffe (aptly named Gimli) stands at 9 feet 4 inches tall – so, still pretty tall, relatively speaking. At first, scientists thought this was a baby giraffe. However, they soon came to their realization about Gimli due to his adult sized neck and head.
There is no denying that Gimli is cute as all get out, so it begs the question: can we expect to see more dwarf giraffes in the future?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely. According to a study conducted by the BMC Research Notes journal, “Given that both observed giraffe with skeletal dysplasia were male, successful mounting for breeding seems physically improbable, suggesting the inability to transfer any potential genes associated with this condition.” Now, call me naive, but I’m not exactly sure what they mean by “mount”… 😉
Regardless, here’s a scalding hot take to end this brief missive: that’s a cute giraffe!