Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Giraffe v. plane and other strange encounters

About once a month, I have to point people toward something interesting on Dr. Darren Naish's Tetrapod Zoology site. Here we have a fatal accident wherein a plane trying to land had a bad encounter (especially bad for the giraffe) on the runway. This sparked a discussion about whether giraffes had been ridden (at least once, in the movie Dr. Doolittle), and what else humans had ridden I NEVER heard the story of the Swedish attempt to create a moose-riding cavalry troop. Wouldn't those horns get in the way of swinging a sword or anything else a rider was trying to do? There's also a link here to Darren's article on whether rhinos were ever used in war, as shown in the movie 300. (Answer: apparently not.)
So that's our animal post for the day.

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