With a peaceful gaze, he scans the canopy for tasty leaves and buds. Giraffes are the tallest creatures on Earth (up to 18 feet!) and one of the most popular among humans as a favorite animal. Exceptionally beautiful and strange, they are a marvel of evolutionary biology with their willowy necks and legs. This miniature giraffe was expertly crafted of real fur with a perfectly dyed imitation of giraffe spots. Detailed from the fluffy tip of his tail to his bald ossicones (antlers), this species study is a wonderful example of faux taxidermy.
Vintage plastic and fur (goat, most likely). Unmarked. Late 20th Century, possibly European. Measures 8.25" tall, 3" wide chest to rump. Seam marks are visible in a few places, but securely attached. Lovely condition.
People used to think that giraffes were a strange hybrid of camel and leopard - hence their scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis. Another fun fact about giraffes: female ossicones tend to be tufty while male are smooth because the fur wears off in shoving matches with other males.
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