The Giraffe: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

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The giraffe is the beloved beast of the African plains, but there is still so much that most of us don’t know about these majestic beasts! To find out everything that there is to know about this playful animal, all you have to do is explore this handy article, here to fill you in on all of the amazing qualities this animal has to offer. Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things that you didn’t know about the giraffe!

Number Fifteen: The Giraffe Is a Great Sprinter

Despite their sort of awkward form, these creatures can get pretty speedy. For a short distance, a giraffe can run at a speed of up to 35 miles per hour.

Number Fourteen: Getting Hydrated

It takes a lot of water to hydrate such a large body, although giraffes don’t actually drink a lot of water. In fact, they usually only take a drink every couple of days. They get most of the water content they need from a large intake of fresh and crisp plants.

Number Thirteen: The Birthing Grounds

Giraffes are highly intelligent creatures, and have rituals just as humans do. When a giraffe is preparing to give birth, it is extremely common for the pregnant female to return to the very spot that they were born. Then, the new calf falls more than five feet to the ground

Number Twelve: Fast Learners

Despite the high probability of being dropped on their head as a new calf, a young giraffe is quick to cowboy-up and learn. Within only an hour of their birth, a baby giraffe can stand and even run.

Number Eleven: Stand and Sleep

It may sound like the worst possible way to get some rest, but it is most comfortable for this species to sleep standing up. In the animal world, laying down for a snooze can put animals in a vulnerable position. If they do decide to lay down, it is for a nap that only lasts about six minutes.

Number Ten: The Unique Horns

This animal is fit with one of the most unique characteristics of evolution, capable only of acting in domestic disputes. The horns that the creatures sport on their heads are technically short horns and are covered with hair. They are called ossicones and are mostly just used by the males during disputes.

Number Nine: Gender Differences

While both genders of giraffe will grow horns on their head, they can still be the major discerning aspect between a male and female. Because of the dominance ritual of males in which they butt horns with each other, the hairs of their ossicones are most often rubbed away in the conflict. If a giraffe’s horns have more hairs, it is probably a female. Stay tuned for our part two article, coming soon with the top eight things that you didn’t know about the giraffe!

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