Giraffes are amazing by themselves, but some facts on these animals are even more amazing. Unless you’re a specialist, there just might be a fact or two about giraffes that you didn’t know.
Here are the facts:
A giraffe’s heart is 2 feet (0.6 meters) long and weighs about 25 pounds (11 kilograms).
Giraffes fight by whipping their heads at each other.
Giraffes sleep a maximum of two hours a day, and usually for under 10 minutes at a time.
The average length of a giraffe’s tongue is 20 inches and they can grab things with it.
A giraffe’s 6-foot (1.8-meter) neck weighs about 600 pounds (272 kilograms). The legs of a giraffe are also 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.
A giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent it from getting sunburned.
Giraffes are the only animals born with their horns, which are actually called ossicones.
The giraffe’s closest relative is the okapi.
A giraffe’s lungs can hold 12 gallons (55 liters) of air.
Female giraffes are pregnant for 15 months.
No two giraffes have the same pattern of spots, but giraffes that live in the same area tend to have similar coats.
Because of such long legs, giraffes can walk at 10 miles per hour without even trying.
Male giraffes will use their extremely long tongues to taste the pee of female giraffes to determine if they’re ovulating.
Giraffes give birth standing up , which means the first thing a baby giraffe experiences is a six-foot-drop onto the ground.
Giraffes can sprint up to 35 miles per hour.
The blood pressure of a giraffe is twice that of humans and is necessary to keep blood flowing all the way up to its head.
A giraffe can live without water longer than a camel.