18 November 2011 by Julienne du Toit

A Journey of Giraffes

I could watch giraffes for hours. I love it that they think you can’t see them if they hide behind a tree and peer at you through the leaves.

A family of giraffes at a waterhole.

I also love their curiosity. A friend of mine fell asleep under a tree in a nature reserve and woke to find a giraffe bent over him, gently sniffing at his face.

Did you know that a giraffe baby needs the 1.5 metre drop to the ground in order to kickstart its heart? Did you know that they suck up 38 litres of water at a time? Did you know they’ll eat 34 kg of fresh leaves every day?

And did you know there are laws about giraffes in America? In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a lamp post or a telephone pole. And in Chicago, it is illegal to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck. In Idaho, you can’t fish while perched on a giraffe’s back.

Could anyone please, please explain why?

Category: Wildlife

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