Giraffe sighting

It’s impossible not to like giraffes. Their languid manner and slightly puzzled expressions have entranced us since one was shipped to a disbelieving Italy in the 1400s. It is an animal so peculiar in appearance that its scientific name - Giraffa camelopardalis - reflects its perceived similarity to both a camel and… a leopard.

It was a tame giraffe called Sweetie Pie that lured this London-born writer to Africa: I was a nature-obsessed boy on safari and Sweetie Pie’s appearance next to the Land Rover created such an impression that I resolved there and then to live in Africa as soon as possible.

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