Today is World Giraffe Day.
Here are some fun facts about these beautiful creatures.
🦒 Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans—about 6 feet.
🦒 They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or cruise at 10 mph over longer distances.
🦒 A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground. As a result, it has to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground for a drink of water.
🦒 Giraffes only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.
🦒 Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up.
🦒 The giraffe calf can stand up and walk after about an hour and within a week, it starts to sample vegetation.
🦒 Despite the females’ attempts to stand over their calves during attacks by lions, spotted hyenas, leopards and African wild dogs, many calves are killed in their first few months.
🦒 A giraffe’s spots are much like human fingerprints. No two individual giraffes have exactly the same pattern.
🦒 Both male and female giraffes have two distinct, hair-covered horns called ossicones. Male giraffes use their horns to sometimes fight with other males.
🦒 Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period! They often achieve that in quick naps that may last only a minute or two at a time.
🦒 Whilst it was thought that giraffes did not make any sounds, this is now known to be untrue, as giraffes bellow, snort, hiss and make flute-like sounds, as well as low pitch noises beyond the range of human hearing. .
Videos and photos taken by Kamal Kaur at Samburu National Reserve in Kenya.