February 17, 2011

Heads Held High ~ Giraffes! Hi Horse Pals ~ I love giraffes and had a lot of fun writing about them. Hope you enjoy these fun facts! Your Horse Pal, @raya One of the most beautiful wild animals in the world is the Giraffe! It is the Logo for Toys R Us ... Geoffrey the Giraffe! Here are some fun facts about the Giraffe: Fact #1 A giraffe eats about 140 pounds of food a day. Fact #2 At one time it was believed that giraffes were mute but they do make sounds. A form of communication used by giraffes is called infrasound and cannot be heard by humans. Giraffes do grunt, snort and bellow. Fact #3 The color of a giraffe's coat tends to become darker with age. Fact #4 A giraffe's neck can measure up to 5 feet in length. Fact #5 Just like humans, giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks. Unlike humans, however, each vertebrae is about 5 inches (11 centimeters) long. The neck of an adult giraffe is about six feet long (1.8 meters), and is extremely muscular. Fact #6 Adult males weigh 2420 to 4250 pounds, females 1540 to 2600 pounds. Males are 9 to 11 feet at the shoulder and 18 to 19 feet at the top of their horns. Females are about 2 feet shorter. Fact #7 Besides being prehensile, a giraffe's tongue can be 18 inches long. Fact #8 The Giraffe is the tallest living animal and can reach vegetation that other herbivores cannot. Giraffes eat foliage (broad leafed deciduous and evergreen), grass, shrubs and fruit, and don’t require a lot of water. Their favorite food is the acacia tree. A giraffe browses most of the day and at night they lie down to rest and ruminate. Fact #9 When giraffes walk they move both right legs forward and then both left. When running they use the back legs first and they move on the outside of the front legs. Fact #10! Baby giraffes are 6 feet tall and weigh an average of 150 pounds when they are born.

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