Wild Animals


posted: 04/29/14
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Giraffe

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Grasslands and woodlands south of the Sahara in Africa

What I Like to Eat: Leaves, particularly of the acacia tree. We are only able to consume a few bites at a time, so we have to eat about 75 pounds of food a day to keep our energy levels up. Because we are so tall, we don't have much competition over the food supply found in taller trees.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Yes, our necks are extremely tall, but they are shorter than our legs.

Drinking Can Be Dangerous: When we drink from a local watering hole, we become an easy target for prey. In order to bend down, we have to spread our legs and stand in a odd position. While drinking this way, it gives predators a chance to attack from behind catching us off guard. Since we don't need to drink water daily, most of our liquid can be found from the juicy leaves we eat.

Tall Drink of Water: Naturally, we are the tallest mammal on the planet. Our neck alone stands at a wondrous six feet tall and weighs 600 pounds. Our entire body stands at 18 feet tall. Even baby calves are born measuring six feet tall.

Baby Fallout: Female giraffes give birth to their calves while they are standing up. When the baby is ready to be born, it drops out of the mother about 6 feet from the ground. No worries. The baby calf is never injured from this fall.

Predators: We fear lions, crocodiles and humans. Humans hunt us for our meat and hides. We must admit, it is hard to prey on us while traveling in our tight groups. That's because it's challenging to distinguish one giraffe from another. And it doesn't hurt that when we have to, we have the ability to break speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

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