To grow like a giraffe is not that tall an order. Not all such long-necked and long-legged animals are 20-footers.
Scientists from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation found “dwarf” giraffes in Namibia and Uganda in 2015 and 2018. The shorter version of the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant were only over eight and nine feet tall, respectively.
A few “dwarf” animals are also found in the Philippines. The Philippine tarsier is considered the smallest primate, being almost the size of a human fist. It can be found in the islands of Bohol, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.
Likewise, the mouse deer, locally known as pilandok, is the smallest hoofed animal being as big as a rabbit. The endangered animal is endemic in the islands of Balabac, Bugsuc and Ramos in southwestern Palawan.
Recently, a netizen on the prowl for celebrities to bash stumbled on an Instagram photo of what could be the smallest “whale” in the Philippines.
Based on the photo self-described as a size 10, which has a weight of about 63 kilos, the basher commented, “Balyena ba yan?”
There is actually a dwarf sperm whale, which is at least two meters long (6 foot 7 inches in length) and it weighs at least 136 kilos. This means that the “balyena” in the photo is not quite a whale sizewise.
Actress-singer Sharon Cuneta’s reaction to the body shamer’s comment of the photo showing her lying on the beach in a one-piece swimsuit confirmed that she’s not a “balyena.”
“Dugong naman,” quipped the megastar.
Of course, Cuneta, who is trying to lose weight, was just poking fun at the basher’s rudeness as the marine mammal she was referring to weighs around 300 kilos, or more than four times her swimsuit size.mje