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THE AMAZING GIRAFFE: TALLEST ANIMAL IN THE WORLD

Updated on July 4, 2017

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First Arrival/Some Facts:

The giraffe was first brought to Rome around 46 b.c. They were thought to be some sort of combination of a camel (because of its height) and a leopard (due to its spots). So, it was given the name, camelopardalis. Honored by many who are artistic and utilized often in Egyptian art. They are naturally found in Africa.

Giraffes are not very loud animals, however, they do make the following sounds: bleat/meow, make alarm snorts, roar/whistle, snoring/hissing and sounds similar to a flute.

Each coat of the giraffe is different, like the fingerprints of people. The darker their spots, the older the giraffe. They can live up to twenty-five years. The gestation period of a giraffe is about fifteen months. Calves (babies), fall approximately four-five feet to the ground when they are born. They usually stand within the hour and are running with mom approximately ten hours later. They congregate in creches (nursery groups) to play and to rest. And they are born with horns.

Giraffes eat about seventy-five pounds (sometimes more) of food per day, mostly green leaves and preferrably from the acacia tree. And they spend approximately twenty hours per day feeding. Their jaws move up and down and from side to side. It is not necessary for them to drink water everyday because the leaves they consume help them stay hydrated. This helps for their survival as when they drink water (they can drink ten-twelve gallons at a time), they must splay their front legs and bend their long necks down which makes them easier prey for their enemies. Their excellent eyesight is also good for this purpose as well. It's also necessary for them to keep their heads up so they won't faint from blood rushing and cause them to choke. The blood vessels in their necks contain one way valves which prevent them from choking and, they have seven vertebrae, the same as humans.

The tallest animal on land (approximately sixteen to nineteen feet in height), it weighs about two to four-thousand pounds. Their tongues are black and are about eighteen to twenty-seven inches long. The knobs on their heads are called ossicones. Including the tuft, their tails are the longest of any land animal. Their heart rate is about one-hundred seventy beats per minute, pumping approximately sixteen gallons of blood per minute!

They are not known to bathe; tick birds, known as Oxpeckers clean parasites away from the giraffe by attaching themselves to the giraffe and eating the parasites. Although they have no tear ducts, they have been known to cry. Due to their naturally high level of blood pressure 280/180mm, they cannot run for long periods of time or they will end up having a heart attack. Each step they take is usually fifteen feet in length and they can run up to thirty-seven miles per hour.

In order that they not compete with each other for food, the male (bulls) and female (cows) giraffes feed from different parts of the acacia tree. With each other, they usually battle with the butting of their heads and necks. It usually ends when one of them walks away. This type of battle is also done when a male giraffe claims dominance. However, giraffes are usually very social and peaceful animals; but one kick from those hooved, six feet long legs of theirs, they can crush the skull of a lion!

WonderB.:giraffes, It's My Life

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Suleiman gayu, glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Suleiman gayu 5 years ago

      Unbleivable,the god is god.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank-you MartieCoetser for visiting this hub and commenting. Seems you have lots of understanding about giraffes. LOL re: humans following their lead!!! We humans would still butt heads/necks.

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      The giraffes have an interesting social order. They don’t claim territories. The bulls and the cows as well as the crèches [guarded by 1-3 cows] grace separately in their groups. An estrus cow will visit the bulls, but only the leader – the bull with the strongest neck – may serve her. Then she’ll go back to the cows. Considering the divorce rate, perhaps humans should follow their example?

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      CMHypno: Thanks for your visit and comments. Have a good one!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting Hub on giraffes, Support Med. I think that gitaffes are amazing animals - they are so greaceful and have beautiful eyes

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'll have to keep you in mind because I like reading about the supernatural.

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Lovely hub, great information and brilliant photographs

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      JustVoice: Glad you stopped by. Wish I had their long lashes LOL!!!

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      Just A Voice 7 years ago

      At our zoo there are special times when you can feed the giraffes. That is a cool experience.

      They are so beautiful and strange at the same time. Those long black tongues, those beautiful eyes framed in long eyelashes and that impossible long neck.

      Great hub.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Prasetio30 and Characteristics: Thank-you for your visit and comments. Lucky you Characteristics, you got to see the giraffe alive! Glad there is a memorial.

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      Characteristics 7 years ago

      Giraffes are wonderful animals, I was amazed to see the giraffe at santa barbara zoo lived for 20 years with a crooked neck, there is a special memorial for the giraffe at the zoo, I was lucky enough to see the giraffe when it was alive.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This animal so beautiful. That's why I like to visiting the zoo. Thank you very much.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you theherbivorehippi, Pamela99, Michael Shane, the voice, LadyE and hypnodude for visiting and commenting. I had a sudden rush of wanting to write about a few of our lovely animals. Good to know hub was read. Thanks.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      Very good hub. I love hubs on animals, well written and very interesting. Rated up. :)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, I didn't know they ate 20 hours per day. That's a lot and I've never seen a Fat Giraffe. They must spread the fat over the neck. lol.

      I enjoyed reading this Hub and learnt a few things. :)

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      unique light hub thanks good reading

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      They are definitely unique critters!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I love giraffes. At our zoo you can climb up on a platform and feed them. I had a great deal of fun with my grandchildren. Great hub.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Such fabulous creatures!!! Great hub!