Fun Facts - Giraffe
Let's start with the obvious...
Giraffe are tall
An adult male giraffe can be up to around 5 metres (16-18ft) tall making it the tallest living animal in the world!
They start their life with a 2m (6ft) drop to the ground
Giraffe give birth standing up meaning their young's first experience in life is a 2m drop to the hard savanna floor (ouch).
Giraffe sleep less than two hours a day
They don't lie down however, they sleep with their head rested on their body kneeling down, they can also sleep for short periods of time standing up.
Giraffe have the same amount of bones in their necks as humans
Yes, that's right! Despite their necks being considerably longer than ours they have the same amount of bones (7).
They use these long necks as a weapon
Male giraffe sometimes fight over territory and/or females by swinging their necks and hitting each other with their horns. These battle can be brutal (See video below). They can also use this tactic to fight off predators.
Giraffe have really long tongues
Giraffe's tongues average at about 60cm (20 inches) and are used to reach those leaves at the very top of the tree, in fact they are so long they can clean their own ears with it!
That's all our facts for now, check back soon for more fun facts!
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