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‘Dwarf’ giraffes found in the wild

A team of scientists say they have found the first cases of “dwarf” giraffes in Africa – who are half the average size.

Two male giraffes found in separate populations in Namibia and Uganda represent the first documented examples of “dwarf” giraffes, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

The pair have shorter legs than other giraffes of a similar age.

Scientists spotted them during photographic surveys to determine numbers and distribution of giraffes throughout Africa.

“Maybe there is some development aberration that results in differences in bone and cartilage growth,” said Michael Brown from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

He said the two were over a year old and had survived past the critical stage when they would be vulnerable to predators.