Sources : Giraffe

Pliny the Elder [1st century CE] (Natural History, Book 8, 1-13): The Ethiopians give the name nabun to a beast that has the neck of a horse, feet and legs like an ox, and the head of a camel. It is a reddish color and has white spots, so it is also called cameleopard. It was first seen in Rome in the Circus put on by Caesar.

Gaius Julius Solinus [3rd century CE] (De mirabilibus mundi / Polyhistor, Chapter 30.19): The areas held by the Aethiopians are full of wild beasts, one of which they call the nabun. We call it the giraffe. It has a neck like a horse, feet like cattle’s and a head like a camel. It shines with a reddish color, and is sprinkled on top with white spots. - [Arwen Apps translation, 2011]

Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 2:19): The giraffe [camelopardus)]is so called because while it is speckled with white spots like the pard [pardus], it has a neck like a horse, ox-like feet, and a head like a camel [camelus]. Ethiopia produces this animal. - [Barney, Lewis, et. al. translation]

Thomas of Cantimpré [circa 1200-1272 CE] (Liber de natura rerum, Quadrupeds 4.6, 4.17, 4.84): [Thomas has three accounts of the giraffe, under the names anabulla, , and oraflus.] [Quadrupeds 4.6 ] The anabulla, as Pliny writes, is a beast of Ethiopia. This animal has a neck similar to a horse, the feet and legs of an ox, and the head of a camel. It has white spots, the color red greatly decorating every limb. The animal is sprinkled with so much decoration, so that the uncommon pelt is sold much more expensively; this pertains to the luxury of the spots, which are scarcely ever seen. [Quadrupeds 4,17] The cameleopardis is a beast, as Glosa says, with a neck like a horse, feet of a deer, head of a camel, feet of a buffalo, with a red luster, sprinkled with white spots. [Quadrupeds 4.84] Oraflus is an animal marvelous beyond measure, and to which nature has given beauty above all animals in color. In the front part it is very high and prominent, so that with the head extended it can reach a height of twenty cubits. But in the back part, which is like a deer, it is lowered. It has the feet and tail of a deer, an extended neck, and the head of a horse, though of a smaller form; but the skin is so variously marked by all kinds of colors, that man tries in vain to imitate its natural beauty by art. Nor does she appear to be ignorant of her proper beauty, for indeed, when she sees men standing around her, she turns and inverts herself from every side, so as to turn herself to the admiration of all. In our time, this animal was given to Frederick the Roman emperor by the sultan king of the Babylonians. - [Badke translation/paraphrase]

Bartholomaeus Anglicus [13th century CE] (Liber de proprietatibus rerum, Book18.20): Cameleoperdus is called Cameleoperdalis also, and is a beast of Aethiopia, as Isidore sayth, libro. 12. and Plinius libro. 8. cap. 30. And hath the head of a camell, and the necke of a horse, and legges and feet of a Bull, and specks of the Perde, and is a beast befprong with white speckes distinguished with bright colour and cléere, and is called Cameleoperdalis, for he hath the head of a Camell, and speckes of the Perde. And Plinius sayth, that this beast is more worth in sight then in fiercenesse, and is so milde & soft, that he had almost the name of a sheepe. As he sayth, this beast was clene to meat by Moses lawe, but not to sacrifice, for he is clove footed as a Bul, and cheweth his cudde as a Camell, and therefor it was lawfull to eate thereof, as it is written Deut. 14. &c [Deuteronomy 14]. - [Batman]