Scientists have stuck their necks out and decided that the giraffe is not one species, but four.
Until now, only a single species of giraffe made up of several sub-species had been recognised.
But new DNA evidence shows that four distinct species of the animals exist – and they are genetically at least as different as brown and polar bears.
Do they mean brown or grizzlies? For grizzlies and polar bears can (and do) mate and produce fertile offspring. This, by the more archaic standards to which I adhere, means they are one species.
Pygmies and Vikings are distinctly different and yet they’re the one species.