Deceptively vulnerable-looking, giraffes are well designed for survival: not only are they the tallest terrestrial animals in the world, they have camouflage coats, can gallop faster than a horse, only need a few hours’ sleep and can kick their predators to death. They have bluish-purple bristly tongues that are two feet long, the same number of vertebrae as us and their little horns are called ossicones. Giraffes give birth standing up – in fact they do almost everything standing up – and the babies fall about 6 feet when they are born. The collective noun for a group of giraffes is a tower.

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