Giraffe Facts

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  1. normaljoe

    normaljoe Well-Known Member

    1. they are f#cking awesome.
    2. They are able to moo, hiss and whistle.
    3. A giraffe's heart is 2' long and weights nearly 20 lbs.
    4. Giraffes are fond of acacia leaves, but the trees can fight back. They produce a sweet sap that attracts ants who build nests in the tree. When the giraffe browses on the tree the ants attack - biting hard and driving the giraffe away with nothing more than a few mouthfuls.
    5. Giraffes are the world's tallest mammals
    6. long legs allow giraffes to run as fast as 35 miles (56 kilometers) an hour over short distances and cruise comfortably at 10 miles (16 kilometers) an hour over longer distances.
    7. Bulls sometimes battle one another by butting their long necks and heads. Such contests aren't usually dangerous and end when one animal submits and walks away.
    8. Even the giraffe's tongue is long! The 21-inch (53-centimeter) tongue helps them pluck tasty morsels from branches. Giraffes eat most of the time and, like cows, regurgitate food and chew it as cud.
    9. Female giraffes give birth standing up. Their young endure a rather rude welcome into the world by falling more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) to the ground at birth. These infants can stand in half an hour and run with their mothers an incredible ten hours after birth.
    10. Giraffes have beautiful spotted coats. While no two individuals have exactly the same pattern, giraffes from the same area appear similar.
    11. Oxpecker birds like to help giraffes by eating bugs off their backs
    12. You would have to run in order to keep up with a giraffe walking because every step a giraffe takes is 15 feet long
    13. Giraffa means "one who walks swiftly"
    14. There are many kinds of giraffes in the world : Kordofan Giraffe,Angolan Giraffe,southern Giraffe,Nigrian Giraffe,Reticulated Giraffe,Masai Giraffe and Rofts Giraffe.
    15. A giraffe usually sleeps for only 1 - 12 minutes!
    16. The giraffes life span is 20 to 25 years
    17. Males and females tend to eat from different parts of a tree to ensure that the sexes do not compete for food.
    18. The age of a giraffe can be calculated from its spots. The darker the spots, the older the giraffe.
    19. A male will sort of flirt with a female in heat, sometimes feeding beside her and tangling necks with her.
    20. Many male giraffes check whether a female's in heat by nudging her to make her pee. They can usually tell by smell, but some males will even taste the urine to see if she's ready to mate.
    21. Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as we do — seven. Each one can be over 10 inches (25.4 cm) long.
    22. Giraffes run by moving their front and back legs on one side forward together. Their funny gait makes them pretty fast: The record running speed of a giraffe is 34.7 mph (56 kph).
    Giraffes run by moving their front and back legs on one side forward together. Their funny gait makes them pretty fast: The record running speed of a giraffe is 34.7 mph (56 kph).
    23. If they have to, giraffes defend themselves with a deadly kick, karate-style. Their speed, the way they move, and their body designs also help them to escape predators if they need to.
    24. Studies suggest giraffes vocalize below the level of human hearing and perhaps use this sound for long-distance communication.
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  2. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    Very interesting!
  3. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for sharing the info about the giraffes with us. I had no idea that they were such fascinating creatures.
    With love - Aquarius
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