Giraffe in the Kalahari Gemsbok Park.

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

More photos and odd facts about the long stretch of an animal;

It is the tallest animal and ruminant. and the name is derived from its almost camel look.

Giraffe see in colour, according to the experts, I always wonder about such statements as how the hell do they know, and do some suffer from colour blindness.??

This I do know, it only has 7 neck bones and have ball and socket joints.. and the top vertebra is unique in that it allows the head to tilt directly upward.. the young are born with shorter necks, that develop quickly to give it length… can you imagine being a Giraffe mother giving birth to young that’s neck was full length… the neck muscles are extremely strong.. having to be able to hold the neck up and if you ever see them fighting, it’s all in the neck…

One other interesting fact, the mother gives the final birth of her young standing… so little giraffe fall into the world and surprisingly stand up very quickly, staggering a lot, but not long after birth, it’s ready to run with Mom to escape predators…

As the Giraffe is a ruminant, it has to regurgitate its feed from the stomach back to the mouth for rumination… firstly all that way down.. then back up for a re chew… fascinating…

Blood pressure seems controlled with tighter and thicker skin on the legs restricting too big a build up… much like a G flight suit for pilots…

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