Monday, October 13, 2008

Giraffe, and apparent sizes

Yesterday's post had a picture of a giraffe standing in front of a baobab tree. It gave the impression that giraffes are not particularly large animals. That would be the wrong impression. Hopefully I can correct it here, and make you realize first, that giraffes are quite big, and second, that baobob trees are enormous. In the picture above, compare the size of the zebras, which are donkey or small-horse sized, to the giraffe. Then go back and look at my last post and look at the giraffe compared to the baobab tree. Wow.

Despite their large size, and this was also true for the other big herbivores, the birds don't seem scared away. The fur of the large animals (giraffe, buffalo, etc.) collects all sorts of tasty little fleas bugs which the birds kindly remove free of charge.

These shots are from our second day on safari, starting with an early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park. It was just the tip of the iceberg on what was to be a very exciting day (including our first big cat sightings). Stay tuned!

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