We are closer in proximity to the central core of the galaxy while Earth is at the distant edge of it. And so I bring you the felicitations in love and light from my home world.
We are one of many groups of visitors upon your planet who have taken embodiment in forms different from the humanoid one for our expression. Although humans regard us as rather odd in our appearance, it suits us quite well. It is similar to other animal forms resident here in that we have a torso, four legs, a tail, head, neck and so on. In the basics we are quite alike. Our main difference is quite notable and that is our elongated neck.
You think it strange but for us it is most appropriate. In our home world we assume forms that are very tall and wished to accommodate our height in our earth living experience. However, we realized that presenting ourselves in an oversized form would be frightening to the humanoid populations and also potentially threatening to our physical forms, thus we have made adaptations which have allowed us to retain our height but not our bulk. We have evolved our forms over a long period of time into something that works quite well for us and for our purpose here.
We are kind and gentle beings and are non-threatening to the other species that share the African plains. Humans have noted that we do not announce our presence among you with great roars or bellows or the gnashing of teeth. We have no need of that for we are here as watchers, silent observers moving over the terrain gathering up experiencing and information as we travel.