Zirafa

This heartbreaking post from Walking with the Alligators has eloquently captured the essence of giraffes and the stunned reaction of all animal lovers, especially of the giraffe, to learn they fall victim to trophy hunters. Like Gator Woman, we had no idea this was occurring anywhere in the world.

Walking with the Alligators

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Willow, a one day old baby Giraffe with its mother.
Picture credit: Ralph Daily

 

I had no intention of writing today, but coming upon this story and the petition that accompanied it, changed that in a heartbeat.

For as long as I can remember, the Giraffe has been the object of my affection and admiration.

There is something so regal, so fragile, so graceful, so endearing about them, how could you not love them.

In my lifetime, I have, with little shame,  amassed a collection of  Giraffes in every form,  all manner of clothing, toys for my children and my dogs of course, stationary, Christmas cards, birthday cakes, Giraffes made of  paper,  wood, copper, bisque, brass, you name it,  if it is a Giraffe anything,  I have it.

In my defense, many of the above were gifts, as my love of this animal was well-known.

But apparently, not everyone loves or cherishes…

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