Last Thursday was World Giraffe Day, and since giraffes are my spirit animal (a vegetarian that can kick the crap out of its enemies), I decided to repost a favorite. Enjoy!
Check out this video to see that prehensile tongue in action! And did you know that giraffes have the same number of cervical vertebrae (neck bones) as humans – 7?
Here are some more fun facts about giraffes, provided by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation:
- Giraffe gestation is about 15 months! The calves will nurse for 9-12 months, but they can also eat solid food after about 4 months.
- Giraffes are ruminants, like cows – they can get nutrients from the cellulose in plants.
- No two giraffes have the same coat pattern – they’re like our fingerprints!
- Although giraffes can live to 25 years in the wild (longer in captivity), life isn’t a walk in the park for them. 50% of calves don’t survive their first year, due to predation by lions, hyenas, leopards, and wild dogs
- Giraffes only have to drink every few days.
- Giraffes have the biggest hearts of any land mammal!
Giraffe Conservation Foundation website. Giraffe – the Facts. 2014. Web. July 1 2015 <http://www.giraffeconservation.org/giraffe_facts.php?pgid=40>
J. Platt. Giraffes under threat: Populations down 40% in just 15 years. Scientific American. November 24, 2014. Web. 1 July 2015. <http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/giraffes-under-threat-populations-down-40-percent-in-just-15-years/>