"That Barrymore Profile!"
All giraffes are one species containing nine subspecies distinguished only by spot patterns. The Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) has spots with lacy or irregular edges. Individual spots are as unique as fingerprints. This animal occupies the African savannahs of Kenya and Tanzania. Both sexes have two unbranched, permanent, ever growing horns, covered with skin. A third median horn may or may not be present. The older males acquire deposits of bony bumps caused by a lifetime of "necking" or "head slamming", a particularly violent dominance ritual.
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