BE BORN GIRAFFE and LIVE AS GIRAFFE
Today, June 21 of each year, is the world day of the Giraffe(World Giraffe Day), known by all as the highest terrestrial animal on the planet and some species are in danger of disappearing forever and therefore even these majestic animals are experiencing a silent extinction.
Giraffes are very particular animals, and have specific characteristics:
Long neck and big heart – The long neck is the distinguishing feature of giraffes who also have a big heart: due to their particular morphology, giraffes possess a highly specialized cardiovascular system, with a heart that weighs 11 pounds and is 60 centimeters long ;
Quick to escape but not helpless – Over short distances, giraffes can run at speeds of 56 kilometers per hour; therefore, if they are attacked by a predator, they are more likely to run away than to react but they are not defenseless for this. A quick kick from a giraffe’s long leg can seriously injure or even kill a lion;
Water every two days but lots of food – It seems incredible, but giraffes only need to drink once every two days: most of the water they need, in fact, comes from the vegetables that are part of their diet.
But the giraffe is also the metaphorical symbol of a form of communication, a non-violent communication, introduced and developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, the GIRAFFE LANGUAGE, in fact!
Giraffe language is a form of empathic communication, of listening, of the heart!
World Giraffe Day – 28 facts about giraffes
1. Among the most dangerous animals for giraffes there are certainly lions and hyenas
2. with a single well-delivered kick the giraffe could easily kill a lion;
3. a giraffe’s neck is too short to touch the ground. As a result, the giraffe is forced to awkwardly spread its front legs or kneel to reach the ground to drink the water;
4. giraffes only need to drink once every two days , much of their water comes from all the plants they eat;
5. Poaching is also a major factor that undermines the survival of this species
6. giraffe mother goes to give birth to her cubs in the same place where she too came into the world;
7. There are a total of nine subspecies of giraffes that exist in the world. They are distinguished, in particular, by the drawings on their mantle
8. As well as the neck, the very long limbs are also functional for getting food even in very high points
9. In addition to human action, giraffes are threatened by predators. It is estimated, in fact, that between 50 and 75% of young specimens die in the first month of life precisely because of them.
10. Deforestation and climate change are among the main threats to this species, as they endanger their habitats and, consequently, the survival of giraffes
11. when the baby giraffe is born it can get up and walk after about an hour ;
12. the giraffe’s heart is huge , among the largest in the entire animal kingdom. It can weigh as much as eleven kilograms.
13. This species has unmistakable peculiar traits that make it unique in its genus: long neck, high legs and spotted coat
14. male and female giraffes have two distinct hair-covered horns called ossicones. Males use their horns to sometimes fight with other males;
15. Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth . Their legs alone are nearly two meters taller than many humans);
16. Although in the past it was thought that giraffes did not emit any sounds, today we know that this is absolutely false. Giraffes emit a flute-like vocalization , a higher whistle-like sound, and shrill noises that are beyond the range of human hearing (and therefore inaudible to humans);
17. The most widespread in the world is the giraffe camelopardalis reticulata. This specimen has a spotted coat with large dark brown spots with well-defined edges, separated by thin white lines
18. The natural habitats of giraffes are found mainly in the African arid Savannah and southern Sahara
19. Smaller and more irregular spots ranging from yellow to black characterize the other subspecies of giraffes
20. giraffes need little sleep, from five to thirty minutes a day. They often rest simply by taking short naps that can only last a minute or two while standing up so that they are not caught off guard by predators;
21. The neck supported by seven vertebrae allows giraffes to reach very high points, such as tree tops, even at two and a half meters in height
22. Unlike males, in fact, who spend about 43% of their day grazing the leaves of trees, females dedicate half of it to them.
23. Giraffes are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which has included this species in its red list of those considered endangered
24. they can run at a speed of thirty-five miles per hour (or fifty-six kilometers) over short distances or walk at sixteen kilometers per hour over long distances;
25. despite attempts by females to control their cubs during attacks by lions, spotted hyenas, leopards and African wild dogs, many small giraffes are killed in the first months of life;
26. Among the peculiarities of the female specimens is the time spent feeding
27. a giraffe’s spots are very similar to human fingerprints. No two giraffes are alike and identical, with the same pattern of spots;
28. giraffes spend most of their lives standing, sleeping and giving birth standing;