Sunday, January 16, 2011

~ Up Close ~

The nice thing about living in Africa is.... that you can get really up close to animals. It can be scary but also extremely funny!

Look at this face, isn't he a cutie??

Did you know these fun facts about giraffes??

~ A giraffe's heart weighs an incredible 24 pounds.
~ A giraffe can go longer without water than a camel.
~ A full grown giraffe's neck can weigh as much as 500 pounds.
~ The tallest mammal in the world is the giraffe.
~ Giraffes have black tongues. (and I have touched it.... it's huge as well!)
~ In one minute, the heart of a giraffe can pump 160 gallons of blood.
~ An adult giraffe's kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion.
~ Adult male giraffes bang their long necks together in a form of ritual fighting, during which no harm is done to either giraffe.
~ A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

I just LOVE giraffes, they are so cute and gracious!

Have a Super Sunday!


Maci Miller said...

Beautiful! Gosh, did you take that picture? I just love them too. Hope to see up close someday!

Annie said...

Awesome pic, Mireille! He seems to be looking smugly down at you - LOL!

Mireille said...

I must admit girls.... I did not take this picture, although I have been THAT close to a giraffe I haven't dared to take out my camera and shoot at him... Those tongues are huge and I am just afraid he would lick my camera and knock it out of my hands. But after seeing this one, I am going to try this shot... when I am brave enough!! I will show you the results next time :-0


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