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A rising celebrity resides at the local zoo in Santa Barbara, California.  With a neck curved at almost 90 degrees, it's no wonder this unusual giraffe named Gemina is a hit with zoo visitors.  Gemina started out life as a normal giraffe.  But from the age of three, her neck started curving to one side, finally resting at a right angle.  And while the bend in her neck may look uncomfortable, Gemina doesnt act any differently that her tall brethren.

A rising celebrity resides at the local zoo in Santa Barbara, California.  With a neck curved at almost 90 degrees, it's no wonder this unusual giraffe named Gemina is a hit with zoo visitors.  Gemina started out life as a normal giraffe.  But from the age of three, her neck started curving to one side, finally resting at a right angle.  And while the bend in her neck may look uncomfortable, Gemina doesn’t act any differently that her tall brethren. (View larger version)

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