Today is World Giraffe Day, so what better way to celebrate with 10 AMAZING giraffe facts?
The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the world (they can grow up to 5.5m) even new-borns are taller than most humans!
Once it’s been born, it only takes a giraffe about half an hour until it can stand up and then 10 hours until it can run!
Giraffes stand up pretty much all the time, they even sleep and give birth standing up!
They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal. Giraffes don’t need much sleep, only between 10 minutes and 2 hours!
Young giraffes hang out in groups until they are 5 months old, playing and resting while mum goes out looking for food!
Giraffes very rarely fight and are super peaceful animals, males sometimes hit their necks against each other but this very rarely results in injury.
Just like snowflakes and human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same spots!
The tongue a giraffe has is HUGE! They can be up to 45cm long so that they can forage on trees other animals can’t reach!
In the wild the giraffe usually lives up to around 25 years.
The Latin for giraffe is ‘Giraffe Camelopardalis’ which means ‘one who walks quickly, a camel marked like a leopard’.
Watch an amazing video of a giraffe standing up for the very first time…