Friday, September 12, 2008

The okapi survives in the wild!

This okapi adult and babe are not in the wild, but if you follow this link, you can see one that is wandering the woods in its native Great Lakes region of Africa.

I hesitate to spend too much time comparing the okapi to other animals, since it is so beautiful in its own right, but hell, here I go: If you look closely, you can see the knobs on its head that are like those on its close relative, the giraffe. When Europeans first encountered the creature, they thought the knobs were a single horn and that the okapi was a unicorn. But the okapi reminds me most of a doe-eyed dog. I guess its the fur.

Photo by Takako Matoba/Jason Hickey, used under an attribution-only Creative Commons license.

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