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About This Animal
- Giraffes are native to Africa.
- A newborn giraffe is about six feet tall.
As an adult, their legs alone will be about six feet long.
- A giraffe is one of the few animals born with
- Giraffes rarely lies down. They can sleep,
even give birth, while standing up.
- Every giraffe has a unique coat pattern.
- A way to tell a giraffe's age is to look at the
spots. The older the giraffe, the darker the spots.
- Giraffes are very social animals and live in open
- Giraffes are pretty quiet animals, but they're
not mute. Calves make a playful, "bleat" sound. Some cows
- Male giraffes will have neck wrestling matches to
determine leadership of a herd.
- Giraffes have excellent eyesight.
- Giraffes are vegetarians. Food of
choice? The leaves of the baobab tree.
- A giraffe sleeps for only five minutes to a half
an hour every day.
- An adult male giraffe is a bull.
- An adult female giraffe is a cow.
- A young giraffe is a calf.
- A group of giraffes is a "herd".
- A giraffe lives for 20-25 years.
- A male giraffe may eat up to 100 pounds of food
in a day.
- Giraffes can go for many days without water.
- Enemies to the giraffe include lions and hyenas.
- A giraffe's kick is very deadly to man or any