Giraffe Breaks His Neck, Survives In The Wild For Years
An unusual giraffe with a broken neck was discovered park by photographer Mark Drysdale in the Serengeti national park, Tanzania.
The animal is believed to break his neck while fighting with another male to attract the attention of female giraffes. Luckily, he had survived the horrific accident without any medical attention and somehow avoided the possibility of being eaten by predators. For now the zigzag shaped giraffe has survived in the wild for the past five years.
An astonished wildlife photographer Mr Drysdale commented on the unusual creature: “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. The animal had broken its neck whilst fighting five to six years before and had remained in the area – where there are no conservation centres or vets – ever since.
I found it strange and it was the first time I had seen such a deformity but he seemed to be in good health. Although males generally take food from higher up trees than females by stretching to their full length, this guy was unable to do that. He just ate at the lower levels where there was more than enough food available!”
The Masai giraffe is the largest subspecies of giraffe and the tallest land mammal. The males tend to only be aggressive when it involves dominating the group or for mating rights. They hit their necks around each other in order to show they are the dominant force. These battles can go on for 30-60 min before one of them will walk away.