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Snow-covered giraffe in South Africa goes viral on Reddit, social media

Snow in South Africa isn’t rare, just ask those near the Drakensberg mountain range. But for the internet this weekend, seeing a giraffe in the middle of snow-covered vegetation was just a little too much to handle.

On Saturday a post of this very scene on Reddit’s r/NatureIsFuckingLit received more than 31 000 positive karma, with more than 400 comments to boot.

The cold giraffe was snapped by local Instagram user Kitty Viljoen, whose timeline is packed with other remarkable snaps of the frigid Eastern Cape landscape.

🔥 Giraffe in snow🔥We had a major snowfall in South Africa last night from r/NatureIsFuckingLit

Users on the subreddit were genuinely curious about South Africa’s weather, querying how often snow falls in the country.

“Didn’t know that could happen,” wrote one Redditor.


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Giraffes in the snow

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Snow falls were experienced across the high-lying areas of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and southern areas of the Northern Cape, largely thanks to a passing cold front.

Feature image: screenshot, Reddit

Author | Andy Walker: Editor

Andy Walker: Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Specialising in spotting the next big Instagram cat star, Andy also dabbles in smartphone, gadget and game reviews over on Gearburn. More
  • DrMitoFit

    After President Trump dropped the US out of the costly Paris Accords, the US now leads all nations in reducing carbon emissions. Your giraffe snowfall and the end your drought might be due to President Donald Trump. Now if you would just do like he says and stop killing your farmers and stealing their land, you might become a half decent country.

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