QUOTE(elk @ Nov 22 2006, 02:33 PM)
Goddamn, I want one of those. Or at least one that I can visit regularly.
I recently watched a documentary on one that lived on a farm in England. He had a bad knee that eventually gave out and he couldn't stand any more. The entire village worked together to build a giant sling to hold him upright so he wouldn't die while his knee was healing, but he died any way. Everyone in the village was there crying. Poor thing with his big, dumb eyes. I'm bumming myself out.
Researchers say they have evidence that giraffes smell bad to repel parasites.
Scientists at California’s Humboldt State University have found their skin contains a cocktail of antibiotics and repellents.
The team arrived at its conclusion by analysing hair from the neck and back of a zoo giraffe.
They identified several smelly chemicals that work to stunt the growth of fungi and bacteria on skin.
These included indole and 3-methylindole; the same chemical compounds that make faeces smell