A tall animal is a bit of an
understatement; giraffes are 18 feet
or more in height (to my thinking, that goes
a bit further than tall). They are, strangely
enough, members of the same family as camels.
The only similarity that I can detect is that
both can kill you with a kick (I am writing
this not in my usual style because giraffes
tickle my fancy)!
They are such strange looking
animals. They have necks that are longer
than their bodies and very long legs that are
also disproportionate to their body size. They
are mammals, of course, and like most mammals
have necks with 7 vertebrae, in itself a strange
thing because of the length of the neck.
However, their neck stretches admirably because
they feed almost exclusively off the leaves
of the Acacia Tree. That brings up the question
of which came first, the long neck or the desire
for the food of their choice? In the animal
kingdom they have outstanding sight, hearing
and sense of smell. Along with their speed,
30 miles an hour when necessary, their three
outstanding senses are their greatest protection
from predators (sad to say that man is one
Notice the chasing on the animal, producing
the spotted effect that can be either regular
and geometric in shape, or irregular and blotchy
in shape, or leaf-shaped. Notice the heavily
lidded and soulful eyes -- aha! like those
of a camel -- the knobby knees on which they
often kneel to drink, also like a camel; the
tufted tail; the close cropped mane running
the length of the neck and the very sharp hooves
which are their main weapon of defense.
As with all of the Fabergé Sterling
Silver Collection the animals are hand made,
hallmarked and signed Fabergé.
Retail: $600.00. Our price: $539.90.