G is for Giraffes

I have an unusual obsession with giraffes. They’re so cute! How can you not love giraffes?

FACTS!

  • A giraffes pattern is unique, like a human fingerprint
  • Giraffes eat about 75 pounds of food a day, mostly acacia leaves. They drink around 10 gallons of water per day.
  • The giraffes neck is too short to reach the ground. Giraffes have to awkwardly spread their front legs to reach the ground.

  • Giraffes are the tallest living mammals. Males are 16-18 feet tall and weigh 2000 pounds. Females are 14-16 feet tall and weight slightly less.
  • Giraffe hearts are 2 feet long, weigh 25 pounds, beats up to 170 beats per minute, and pumps 16 gallons of blood per minute.
  • Their tongues are about 18 inches long, black, and thorny.

  • Female Giraffes run a “daycare” in which one adult stays behind with the babies, while the rest go looking for food.
  • Giraffes are strong enough to kill lions, their only real predator.
  • Giraffes can gallop at about 35 miles per hour.
  • They can sleep stand up or laying down and rest for only about 5 minutes at a time.

  • Baby giraffes fall up to six feet during birth.
  • The gestation period for a giraffe is 15 months.
  • Giraffes moo, hiss, and whistle.
  • Giraffes live about 20-25 years.

 

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2 thoughts on “G is for Giraffes

  1. […] happen to be my favorite animal. AND last July, for my A to Z Challenge, I did an entire post about Giraffes. There’s lots of interesting facts that I bet you didn’t know. Have you ever wondered […]

  2. […] you subscribe to my blog, you know that I love Giraffes enough to have made an entire post about them. Shame-less self-promotion is not frowned upon […]

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