Australian Safari: Giraffe

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EVA_L on January 18, 2008

Oh, my dear, these problems of high growth! Best wishes. Eva

Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

Nice shot from an excellent angle, Ian! Here's my "awkward giraffe photo." I had it posted, but I guess I took it down when nobody seemed interested. (I did that a lot in my earlier months on Panoramio.) I've reposted it here for you. We think she was pregnant. Greetings, Marilyn

alamos_26 on January 18, 2008

una gran captura Ian, saludos

Ian Stehbens on January 18, 2008

Dear Marilyn and Alfredo,

I am glad you love the animals. And this image. Thank you both and for the link, Marilyn.

In our Daily Paper yesterday they reported (we assume reliably) that people with longer legs are perceived to be more sexually attractive than those who have shorter legs. "Psychologists .. in Poland investigated by asking 218 volunteers to rank attractiveness of 7 men and 7 women from digitally altered images in which legs were altered to make them the Polish average or longer by 5%, 10% and 15%. They found that regardless of the volunteer's own body shape and leg length, people who had 5% longer than average were the most attractive, and the next most appealing were those with 10% longer legs. Evolutionary reasons are given for longer legs are seen as sign of health." And this is quoted from the New Scientist!!

So, Marilyn, maybe the long gestation period for the giraffe is the evolutionary compensation for the exaggerated sex appeal these animals have to live with!! Your pregnant giraffe did have looong legs! Hypothesis proven, QED!

Marilyn Whiteley on January 19, 2008

Delightful, Ian! I'll accept that proof. Marilyn

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Photo taken in Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Obley Road, Dubbo NSW 2830, Australia

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