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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

G is for Giraffe

G if for Giraffe!

                                                                   And Gossip too!

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!

Artwork featuring the giraffe is very popular.  This is one of my favorites - (I love CharleyHarper's work!) and watercolors seems to be a medium that the giraffe lends itself to nicely.  Just a few pics of various works - notice the giraffe a la Andy Warhol!

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  1. I adored this post The images are fabulous ... I have enjoyed your blog previously; but was unable to see where the 'comment' button was. I am delighted to say I have found it. I apologise for not leaving a well deserved kindly comment before Helenxxx

  2. Hi Helen! So glad you liked the little pics. It is always fun to see how differently artists interpret the same subject. Thanks for visiting!

  3. I loved that!! My animals, African animals!

  4. Oh hooray!

    What a Grand post!

    I've always been a fan of giraffes!

    Loved your pictures and these facts!

    Thanks for linking.