Dwarf Giraffes? Oh, Yes.
Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet. Their long necks and legs allow the animals to eat leaves from the tops of trees. That gives them an advantage over other ruminants – animals that eat only plants and can digest the fibers we can’t. They can also see farther into the distance and can spot predators sooner than a lot of animals lower to the ground.
Most giraffes grow to 15-20 feet. But scientists and researchers have discovered a much smaller version in Uganda and Namibia on Africa’s opposites side. These dwarf giraffes grow only up to eight or nine feet tall. Two dwarf giraffes, both male, have been named Gimli and Nigel.
Julian Fennessy, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation’s co-founder, calls for wildlife enthusiasts to save the dwindling giraffe population. Estimates put the current giraffe population at about 111,000 in the wild.
Elon Musk Richest Man in the World
South African-born Elon Musk is now the world’s richest man. Musk co-founded and led Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company. In 2020, he added $165.5 billion of wealth, making his net worth $194.8 billion. That’s $9.5 billion more than Amazon’s founder and the previous wealthiest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.
And now, the race for private space travel has raised the stakes for Bezos’ Blue Origin and Musk’s SpaceX.
Elon Musk has said he isn’t interested in looking rich, and he keeps most of his money tied up in his companies. Musk claims his only reason for building wealth is to speed up humanity’s evolution into a spacefaring civilization.
Peaceful Transition of Power
After Joe Biden was declared the next president of the United States, President Donald Trump conceded. However, there’s still a lot of controversy. After thousands of Trump followers protested in the nation’s capital over the 2020 presidential election results, some went beyond barricades at the Capitol building and into House chambers. The counting of the Electoral College votes for each state had to be stopped so members of Congress could be moved to safety.
Democrats and even some Republicans blame President Trump for this and want him to resign. The House of Representatives is threatening to try to impeach him again if he doesn’t.
Democrats have also tried to get the cabinet to use the 25th Amendment, which would remove the sitting president for the inability to govern. With so little time left in the president’s term, it seems unlikely.