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