How Giraffe Stretched His Neck


Giraffe and His Long Neck

Giraffe as he is today


The Tasty Tamboti Tree

Long, long, ago somewhere in Africa… When all the people and animals were new… Before Giraffe stretched his neck, Giraffe would forage for food in the shrubs and bushes and small trees that grew in such abundance. But his favorite food of all foods were the juicy leaves of the Tamboti tree. Now, the Tamboti tree grows tall and is much loved by Rhino and Kudu, but of the two, it was Kudu that most bothered Giraffe. Kudu as a greedy antelope would often eat his whole fill from the lowest branches, leaving nothing for poor Giraffe who loved Tamboti ever so much!

Kudu as he always was


Giraffe’s Best Laid Plan

Then one day, Giraffe came upon his most favorite, a Tamboti tree. This mighty tree was growing alongside a large and sturdy log! On seeing the log under the Tamboti tree, Giraffe had such a smart plan. Quickly he searched all around for Kudu, intending to keep his next move a secret. Kudu was nowhere in sight, so straight away, using the log as a step, Giraffe reached higher than ever before and each bite seemed much more delicious than the last.

Rhino the unicorn of old


Help was on its Way

Unfortunate Giraffe managed to mumble out for Monkey to get him help, through his clenched teeth, although his neck was really getting very sore and stiff.

“I’ll get Baboon,” and with that Monkey disappeared through the trees to find his cousin.

When Monkey returned, he brought not only Baboon but Elephant and Warthog too, whom he…


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Meet Our Authors: The Wildmoz team, Cari and Moz, have a lifelong passion for the Bushveld and share adventures and stories about Africa's good things. Wildmoz is Africa - the cradle of life! Travel writing about wildlife, African folklore, wildlife art, Kruger Park and wildlife safari info! Taste life as it is in Africa.
 Posted by on October 25, 2015