The Giraffe: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

We gave you the scoop on the first set of 15 things you didn’t know about the giraffe in our part one article, and we have finally returned to fill you in even further with part two! Giraffes are really incredible and unique creatures, and we have found all of the most interesting facts on the beasts that you will want to know. Read on to discover the final top eight things that you didn’t know about the giraffe!

Number Eight: The Funny Origin

In the early days of Greek documentation, the civilization deemed the scientific name of this creature to be the Giraffa Camelopardalis. In other words, a camel wearing a leopard’s coat.

Number Seven: Neck Bones

A giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as a human, just a whole lot bigger. Like humans, there are only seven of these bone structures, but they are roughly 10 inches in length each.

Number Six: Full of Heart

The giraffe is quite a caring and compassionate animal, but that isn’t exactly what we mean in this case. It takes a lot of power to pump blood throughout a giraffe’s massive body, a responsibility taken by the creature’s gigantic, two-foot, 25-pound heart.

Number Five: When the Giraffe Gets Necking

We aren’t talking about the intimate human action of necking here, but rather the ritual that these unique creatures use to assert dominance. Necking involves two male giraffes basically running into each other until one wins. What determines a winner in this scenario, we have no idea.

Number Four: Stepping in Time

The majority of four-legged animals walk and run by coordinating their front and back legs to move at alternating intervals. However, the giraffe takes a different approach. They coordinate their leg movements by left and right motions, rather than front and back.

Number Three: Holding Their Own

The giraffe has a primarily anti-confrontational behavior, but that doesn’t mean they can’t hold their own. The legs of a giraffe can do serious damage to a threatening predator, they are just smart enough to know when to pick their fights.

Number Two: Finding a Mate

Like most animals, giraffes don’t simply fall in love with any lucky lady, it has to be a fertile one. To find out which females would be a good fit for potential baby-making, male giraffes first taste the urine of their potential mates.

Number One: The Giraffe’s Diet

If you have ever observed the nature of a giraffe, you might notice that they seem to always be eating. These impressive beasts take in about 75 pounds of food every day, which adds up to a lot of leaves. We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the 15 things that you didn’t know about giraffes!