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GIRAFFE (Giraffe camelopardalis) by Lunapic GIRAFFE (Giraffe camelopardalis) by Lunapic
There are several different races of giraffe, distinguished by colouration and pattern. Giraffes normally live in small herds of 10 - 15 individuals, led by an adult male (bull). The mother gives birth while standing. At birth the single youngster may weigh 50 - 70 kg and reach 1.7 - 2m in height. It begins to eat solids after approximately 1 month and is fully weaned within a year.

Because of their great height, giraffes, which are ruminants (they chew the cud), are able to browse the uppermost branches of trees. Thus they face little competition from other herbivores. Their great height also gives them the advantage of seeing predators from a distance. They have few enemies beside humans. The time when they are most susceptible to attack from a lion is when they have their head lowered for drinking. When frightened they can reach speeds of 47 km/h (nearly 30 mph).

A bull giraffe may reach nearly 6m in height (over 18 ft). However, like most mammals (including humans) they have only 7 neck vertebrae, the bones being greatly elongated. giraffes have specially developed physiological adaptations to allow an even flow of blood to the brain when the neck is suddenly lowered or raised.
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kathryn-11 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so cute <3
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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite Giraffe is Giraffa Camelopardis Reticulata a.k.a. the Reticulated Giraffe.
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