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Giraffes

When you watch giraffes running in TV documentaries they seem to have the cameras slowed down and the giraffes seem to be running in slow motion, the animal’s long strides and gracefulness give this illusion. These creatures are so strange and beautiful.  I have to say they would be one animal I would never tire of watching. Their front legs are longer than their rear legs enabling them to run at up to 60km per hour.   When they are running at times their hoofs do not the ground.

 

Their neck’s have 7 vertebrae and can be up to about 2m plus allowing the giraffe to feed from .5 meters to 6 meters high of the ground.  There is a special circulatory mechanism that prevents blood rushing to the head as the animal lowers its neck to drink water or feed.

As they are herbivores they tend to prefer leaves from thorny trees, they also eat twigs, grasses and fruit. They eat from around 7kg to 65kg of food daily. When the opportunity arises they drink loads of water to allow for going without for long periods of time.

 

A common practice among males is called necking where two males assert their dominance by combating in a neck fight, normally the male with the longest and heaviest neck wins.  This only lasts a few moments and the winner usually gets the girl. Neck rubbing is used in courtship between males and females but more than often the males get confused and court each other so you might say they are bi-sexual.

Females gestate for around 14 -15 months after which the newborn baby emerges at a height of approximately 1.8 meters and within a short time it is running around on aided.  The females in the heard help to look after the young giving the mothers a rest bite.

 

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