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Descriere: epa09137086 A handout photo made available by World Press Photo (WPP) organization shows a picture by Ami Vitale, winner of the Nature - First Prize Singles category in the World Press Photo 2021 Contest as it was announced by World Press Photo on 15 April 2021. \r\n\r\nA Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) is transported to safety in a custom-built barge from a flooded Longicharo Island, Lake Baringo, in western Kenya, on 3 December 2020.\r\n\r\nRothschild’s giraffes are a subspecies of the northern giraffe, and are classified as endangered. The giraffe is the world’s tallest land mammal and the Rothschild’s giraffe is one of the loftiest subspecies, growing up to six meters in height. Longicharo Island was once a peninsula. Rising water levels in Lake Baringo over the past ten years have cut the peninsula off to form an island. Particularly heavy rainfall in 2019 caused further floods, stranding nine giraffes. The local community worked with conservationists from the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Northern Rangelands Trust, and Save Giraffes Now, to build the barge and transport the marooned animals to a sanctuary in the Ruko conservancy on the shores of the lake. The rains had also led to an abundance of food on the island, so edible treats could not be used to entice the giraffes onto the barge. Instead, the giraffes had to be tranquilized, which is a dangerous procedure given their anatomy, as they are at risk of choking on their own saliva, and changes in blood pressure can cause brain damage. A vet was on hand to immediately counteract the drug; the animals were then hooded and led onto the barge with guide ropes. EPA/Ami Vitale / CNN / WPP / HANDOUT NO CROPPING / NO MANIPULATING / USE ONLY FOR SINGLE PUBLICATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD PRESS PHOTO AND ITS ACTIVITIES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
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Redactor: EPA
Locatie: - Kenya
Dimensiune: 3000 x 2046 px
Realizat: 2021-04-15
Introdus: 2021-04-15 16:18:32
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