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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Amazing Photographs of a Male Giraffe Who Has Survived in the Wild for the Past Five Years Despite Suffering a Broken Neck

These are the amazing photographs of a male giraffe who has survived in the wild for the past five years despite suffering a broken neck in a fight with a rival over a female mate.

The animal was spotted in the Serengeti national park by wildlife photographer Mark Drysdale who was on safari.

The guide told stunned visitors that the animal suffered the horrific injuries while fighting with another male to impress nearby female giraffes.

Normally, animals with such extensive injuries in the wild die due to the absence of medical treatment, or are eaten by predators.

But, this giraffe has thrived despite its wonky, zig-zag neck. 

The Masai giraffe is the tallest animal in the world and can grow to some 19 feet.

Mr. Drysdale, who has been photographing animals professionally for the past 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."

In giraffe fights, the animals stand side-by-side and push each other to prove who is the strongest and invariably wins the affection of the female. 

Mr Drysdale continued: "While I was guiding clients in the Serengeti we were introduced to this giraffe by one of the local guides, who has known the animal for five years.

The animal had broken its neck while fighting five to six years earlier and had remained in the area - where there are no conservation centers or vets. -

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, pictured, broke his neck about five years ago in a fight with a fellow male giraffe.

Male giraffes often fight with each other in order to win the affections of nearby females.

The giraffe, was no longer able to get food from the highest tree branches due to his deformity.

He has thrived over the past five years despite suffering its life-changing injury in Tanzania.
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Normally giraffes suffering similar injuries in the wild die soon afterwards, or are eaten by lions.

But the wonky giraffe, pictured rear, seems to live quite happily in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.


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