Okay - I have to admit I was totally amazed to see a real, live Petite Lap Giraffe walking around on a live video feed, straight from Russia. See here! I was so amazed, in fact, that I had to figure out for sure if they were real or not.
$ whois petitelapgiraffe.com ... Administrative Contact, Technical Contact: Grey Global Group 200 5th Ave 4th Fl NEW YORK, NY 10010 US 212-546-1824 fax: 123 123 1234 Record expires on 15-Feb-2012. Record created on 15-Feb-2011.
That wasn’t quite enough to relegate the giraffe to myth-hood, though. If they were leaving their domain name swinging in the wind, they must have slipped up somewhere else. To the batcave! (by which I mean image metadata). Take a look at the pictures on the website. In particular, look at this one:
Just look at it. It’s a cute, petite lap giraffe in a luxurious marble bath!
Oh, wait. No, it’s not.
It’s a stock Corbis image, catalog number 42-25705449. See here (http://www.corbisimages.com/Enlargement/42-25705449.html) for comparison:
I know, I know… I wanted a Petite Lap Giraffe too… My best guess is that it’s a DirecTV marketing campaign. There is an Uncanny Valley Giraffe running on a treadmill in one of their videos, and it’s so adorable it just has to be a million polygons in a rendering farm somewhere.