Thursday, March 17

How's The Weather Up There?

Here are 5 interesting facts about Africa's giraffes, according to Wikipedia:
  1. The "Giraffe" is related to deer and cattle, but placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting only of the Giraffe and its closest relative, the Okapi.
  2. A Giraffe's heart can weigh up to 24 pounds.
  3. The mother gives birth standing up and the embryonic sack actually bursts when the baby falls to the ground.
  4. A giraffe can eat 63 kilograms (140 pounds) of leaves and twigs daily.
  5. Giraffes are thought to be mute. However, recent research has shown evidence that the animal communicates at an infrasound level with a surprising level of complexity.

Wikipedia fails to mention that giraffes sleep with their legs folded under them in a seated position, with their heads in the air. I saw it with my own eyes.