There are popular animals out of every collection of beasts on the earth. When people crowd into a well designed aquarium, many linger at one display or another. In a zoo it is easy to spot the popular animals because the lines are longer and they move so much slower.
When God made the animals He unleashed His creative side. Each animal is a wonder. However, some just make us gaze longer and smile more broadly.
Whether it is in a zoo, a wild game park or even in the African bush, one animal claims the popular appeal. It stands out above the rest. People always look up to this beast of the plains.
The ever tall and gentle-looking giraffe wins the nod. There is no other animal on planet earth that looks like this. They have the exclusive view of the Savannah.
Their elongated neck is their distinctive claim to fame. Anyone in a game of Pictionary or Charades is smiling if they draw the card telling them to draw this picture or mime the name from eager house guests. This is a slam-dunk winner for children learning about animals from board picture books.
Take those same children to the zoo and they need to file through their memory when identifying animals in real life. But, the giraffe is an easy association for them. They simply marvel at how tall these creatures are in real life.
Beyond its unique height and distinctive neck is its patchwork on its hide. At first the pattern evades our attention. It does what the Creator designed it to do.
Observers do not focus on the huge animal. Eyesight naturally sees the breakup scheme and nearly miss the creature that is clearly taking up space. Camouflage is the purpose and the purpose is achieved so well.
Its long legs give this animal the gait that suits its foraging. In a gallop the giraffe looks ungainly. Yet, it covers ground with enormous speed.
Perhaps its best asset with its height is a buffet that no other herbivore can compete. The delectable leaves in the heights of the trees can only be reached by this tallest of plains animals of Africa. They not only can eat what none others can reach, they have the vantage point to spot other savory options over great distances.
This is a remarkable animal. It is not an accident of chance that it is like this. Rather, it is the smile of the Creator, who knew what He was doing.
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