G if for Giraffe!
Here is a little Giraffe gossip for you -
Giraffes are the tallest living mammal. They can grow to be 16 - 20 feet tall. Their weight can reach between 1500 - 3000 pounds.
Each giraffe's spots are unique to him/her. No two are alike.
And, the darker the spots the older the giraffe.
Their tails can grow up to 8 feet in length!
A giraffe's neck can be up to 8 feet long. Because they are both mammals, man and giraffe both have the same number of bones in their necks - 7.
That long neck makes the giraffe the watchman or watchtower of the savannah. They can see a threat long before other animals, like wildebeasts and gazelles who congregate at watering holes with them.
And speaking of water! Giraffes drink up to 12 gallons of water a day. They can go without drinking water longer than camels. They will survive on the moisture found in the leaves they eat.
2 hours of sleep each day are enoughfor a giraffe.
When mom Giraffe has her baby, it drops 6 feet to the ground, unharmed - what a way to enter the world!
The okapi is the closest living relative to the giraffee. And, since this is a gossip column, I can say without guilt, the okapi is just a pale imitation of their magnificently spotted taller cousin!
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