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Giraffes – Facts or Fake

Once a giraffe has reached its adult size, it’s extremely unusual for it to be attacked, much less killed, by lions or hyenas; instead, these predators will target juvenile, sick, or aged individuals. The closest relative to a giraffe is an Okapi. You won’t see them wondering around in the United States, unless you are hanging out at the zoo.

Giraffes have very long necks and they are powerful. They can actually kill each other fighting with each ohter by smacking necks.

  • While all Giraffes belong to the same genus and species, Giraffa camelopardalis, naturalists recognize eight separate subspecies.

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    • Fiction
  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans—about 6 feet.

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    • Fiction
  • Giraffe tongues are long, reaching around 20–21 in in length.

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    • Fiction
  • Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period.

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  • Giraffes bellow, snort, hiss and make tuba-like sounds, as well as low pitch noises beyond the range of human hearing.

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    • Fiction
  • Male giraffes become darker as they age.

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    • Fiction
  • When giraffes run, they move both legs on one side of their body and then both legs on the other side.

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    • Fiction
  • Female giraffes are very stinky, much worse than males.

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  • The giraffe was believed a cross between a leopard and a camel, which is reflected in its scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis.

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  • Giraffes have 32 teeth, the same number as humans.

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    • Fiction

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  1. I got 5 out of 10 so I guess I don’t know giraffes very well. When I was a kid the local zoo had the giraffes on display below ground level so you were up by their heads. We used to put peanuts in our hands and hold them out. The giraffes would wrap their tongues around our wrists and pull them back to get the peanuts. My mother would freak out when I did it.

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