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Giraffes eat up to 3434kg (75lbs) of food a day. (Typically Acacia leaves.) They spend between 16 and 20 hours a day feeding. Their tongue is 46cm (18ins) long and is coloured black. It is perfect for wrapping around leafy branches. They have a four chambered stomach and will regurgitate their food for additional chewing; in the same way as a cow. Typically they get most of their water from the Acacia leaf, but will drink up to 38lts (10 gallons US) of water per day.

The Knobs are called Ossicones.

Although rarely heard, Giraffes can moo, hiss, roar and whistle to communicate with one another.

They have the longest tail of any land mammal it can be up to 2.4m (8ft) long, including the tuft at the end.

Ancient Romans and Greeks thought that the Giraffe was a mix between a camel and a leopard. This is where their scientific Genus name of “camelopardalis ” comes from.

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Their heart is 61cm (2ft) long and weighs about 11kg (25lbs) and its muscular walls are several centimetres thick. They have the highest known blood pressure of any mammal in the world. (approximately twice that of an average human) Their heart beats up to 170 times per minute pumps about 61lts (16 gallons US) of blood per minute for this reason extreme care must be taken when scientists catch Giraffes for study or for capture for a zoo exhibit. If the Scientists run the Giraffe too long, the Giraffe will suffer a heart attack. Scientists typically target younger Giraffes for this reason.

The Giraffe’s Jugular vein contains a series of one way valves that prevent the back flow of blood when the Giraffes head is down to drink water. This prevents the Giraffe from blacking out.

Oxpeckers (tick birds) are often seen hitching a ride on the backs of Giraffes. They help control the parasite by eating ticks and other parasites off of the skin.

They have no tear ducts, although they have been seen crying.

They have also never been observed bathing.

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Males are known as bulls and females as cows. They can rest standing up usually only sleeping about 5 minutes at a time. When actually sleeping, the giraffe generally lies on the ground, tucking its front legs under itself, then curls its neck back and rests its head on its rump.

It’s the tallest animal in the world bulls standing at 4.9–5.5m (16–18ft); cows 4.3–4.9m (14–16ft). Bulls can weigh up to 907kg (2,000lbs); cows about 840kg (1,850lbs).

Mother cows have developed a type of day-care for their young. One of the cows in the heard will stay behind and baby sits all of the youngsters while the rest go out foraging for food.

Despite its extreme length, the Giraffes neck is actually too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel on its front legs in order to reach the ground to drink water.

Cows use their hooves as weapons only to defend their young. They are strong enough to kill a lion, which is the Giraffe’s only real predator.

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They are born with horns covered with skin both males and females. The males are thicker and heavier and are used sometimes to fight other males.

They are only found naturally in Africa and can gallop 50–60 K.P.H. (31–37 M.P.H.).

They form herds and travel together for protection with an average territorial range is approximately 119 square km (46 square miles).

Cows have their first conception in their fifth year with a gestation period is 15 months. Interval between births is generally 20 months. A baby is generally 1.8m (6ft) tall and will weigh about 68kg (150lbs) at birth and will fall approximately 1.8m (6ft) during birth before hitting the ground. The youngster will begin nursing within one hour and will generally begin to walk within one hour.

Their life expectancy is about 25 years in the wild.

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