Giraffes are some of the most amazing creatures on the planet. Their long necks, royal posture, beautiful outlines evoke the feeling of surrealism. They are the tallest animals in the world and can go a long time without water, as well as kill a lion with one stroke.
Interesting facts About Giraffe
● Giraffes need fluids only once every few days. Most of the water they get from plants.
● Giraffe is the tallest of all the animals in the world. Its height can reach 5.5 meters and weight 900 kg.
● Giraffes spend most of their life standing up. In this position they sleep and even give birth.
● Spots on the giraffe are unique, as a fingerprint of the person. These patterns are formed in their mother’s womb, and the baby is born already with spots.
● The neck of the giraffe can be up to 2 meters long. despite such a long neck, giraffes, as in most other mammals, have only 7 cervical vertebrae. However, unlike other animals, the giraffes ‘ cervical vertebrae have an elongated shape and a special structure, making the neck very flexible. Thanks to these features, the giraffe can bend the neck, as it wants. This ability allows it to take care of its body, and also to reach food in hard-to-reach places.
● In addition to the long neck, giraffe also has an unusually long 45-centimeter tongue, similar to a snake, which in combination with movable lips is used for tearing off leaves from prickly branches. Tongue in a giraffe is black. A giraffe can clean your ears with your tongue.
● Giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, she is forced to comb the front legs to the sides, to drink water. This embarrassing position makes it vulnerable to predators.
● Legs in giraffes are also very long and strong, the blow of powerful hoof giraffe is able to kill a large predator, even a lion. The length of one step reaches 6 – 8 m, and they can run at speeds up to 60 km/h. By the way, despite its awkward appearance, they know how to jump, overcoming barriers in height over one and a half meters.
● Pregnancy in the female giraffes lasts more than 14 months, and it is always born with only one baby. The height of the newborn is-almost 2 m, weighing about 50 kg.
● Despite the attempts by females to protect their cubs from lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, and African wild dogs, many babies die in the first months of life.
● Giraffe’s sleep lasts only an hour a day, and the lack of sleep is compensated by half-asleep. It Sleeps lying down, or standing up, placing its head between two branches in order not to fall.
● Every day giraffe consumes about 30 kg of food with an average consumption period from 16 to 20 hours a day.
● The scientific name of giraffes — Camelopardalis. It is formed from the Latin cameleopard (Camel leopard). This name was given in ancient Rome, because the animals were large, like camels, and spotted like a leopard. There is one more giraffe similarity with camels: they can stay without water for a long time.
● Herds of giraffes do not have a clear organization and hierarchy. They may be animals of both sexes and all ages. At the same time, the herd has open access to outsiders.
● Giraffes have a relative, an animal with the name — Okapi.
● The blood vessels located in the giraffe’s neck are extremely elastic. This is to ensure that the giraffe could tilt the head to the ground, for example, to drink water.