Discovering two giraffes suffering from stunting as a result of intermarriage between relatives – Al-Manar Channel Website – Lebanon


Scientists from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) have discovered two stunted giraffes that are half the length and size of these animals.

Scientists believe that giraffes suffer from skeletal dysplasia, a type of dwarfism that causes abnormalities in bone growth, due to the phenomenon of intermarriage between relatives as happens in humans, according to BMC Notes.

They say that one of the two giraffes, called Jimmel from Uganda, suffers from limited mobility due to its short legs, and is about 2.8 meters long. The second giraffe, called Nigel, was found in central Namibia and measured 2.5 meters in length.

Currently, scientists plan to observe the two giraffes and see if they have any differences in behavior or marital status in the wild due to their shortness.

The Green Climate Fund, set up by the United Nations to help developing countries adapt to climate change, said that only about 111,000 giraffes still live in the wilds of the African continent today.

Source: Sputnik


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