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The view from on high!

Giraffe's are pretty cool animals. Believe it or not the giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as humans do. The two "horns" on their head are not bone but are made up of densely wound hair.

 

Their tongue is loooong and black. It is a modified atlas-axis joint that lets the head extend vertically further increase the height advantage so they can forage for the upper leaves of trees.

 

This one appears to be middle age. The older the get the more bumps on nodules they develop on their upper forehead. If you want to see giraffe's in thw wild check out my African sets.

 

Where water is available giraffe will often drink daily with splayed forelegs and/or bent knees to enable their long neck to reach down to the water. They will only do this when they feel they are really safe because that is when they are most vulnerable to predators.

 

I took the photos in this set at a place called Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari in Georgia, a few years ago, and got sidetracked and never uploaded them to Flickr. (Better late than never I guess, so you decide)

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Taken on September 23, 2005