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Daily Archives: September 28th, 2014

Giraffe and a half

Now you see him…and now you don’t!

The ability of animals in Africa to camouflage themselves in their surroundings amazed me throughout my visit.  Big or small, or very, VERY tall, the critters’ coats allowed them to blend in to the grasses, bushes or in this case, the trees among which they were feeding.

As you can see, there really aren’t any leaves hiding the top half of the second giraffe, only a tangle of very thin branches.

And while in this image the lower half of the giraffe shows up quite clearly, from a distance their straight, spindly legs DO look like tree trunks, and the spot patterns of their coats mimic the dappled shade that occurs under trees perfectly.

I’ll post a few more examples over the next several weeks, and you’ll see what I mean…