Just when you think you’ve seen everything, an animal comes along and surprises you. Take this giraffe for instance. Witnessed on the &Beyond Klein’s Camp private wildlife concession by Head Ranger Erasto Gurty, this giraffe clearly dislocated a vertebrae or perhaps even broke its neck way back when. Although it does look desperately uncomfortable, the young male seems to be coping and adapting just fine.
Without a formal x-ray one can never know for certain what really happened to this bull; however, it is assumed that his injury resulted from a fight for dominance with another male. During these battles, giraffes lunge forcefully at each other using their necks, which can often result in broken horns, legs or necks. Some believe this giraffe might have even fallen down head first.
Whatever the case, it’s certainly an interesting and uncommon sighting and yet another reminder that when you’re on safari, expect the unexpected.
Images courtesy of &Beyond Klein’s Camp Head Ranger, Erasto Gurty.