Following on from a previous blog post on a fake baby polar bear, I came across a tweet containing an image of what was incorrectly labelled a “baby giraffe”.
[Update: the tweet has been deleted by the user, but luckily it’s everywhere – like imgur.]
How do I know that it’s not a giraffe?
Firstly, giraffes are massive and most massive mammals tend to give birth to relatively giant young. Giraffe babies are pretty ungainly, but tend to be able to walk within a couple of hours, and importantly, keep up with it’s mother who runs fairly fast for an antelope on stilts. You don’t survive long on the plains of Africa without being able to run or without being able to keep up with mum.
Secondly, it doesn’t have horns – yes, giraffes are born with horns! Although they are born flat against its head to spare too much pain to the mother, they soon spring up.
How do I know that it’s a dik-dik?
The main giveaway is the glorious mane of hair! Although, the exceedingly large eyes and funnel-like rabbit ears are also tell-tale signs. Dik-diks are one of the smallest antelopes, and whoever is feeding it looks like they could fit the whole animal in their hand!
Plus, a quick reverse image search confirms its species and birthplace: Chester Zoo.
So now you know. This isn’t a giraffe, it’s a dik-dik.