10. “Giraffe” is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as “Camelopards
The modern English form developed around 1600 from the French girafe. “Camelopard” is an archaic English name for the giraffe deriving from the Ancient Greek for camel and leopard, referring to its camel-like shape and its leopard-like colouring. (source)
9. They only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period
8. After a dueling (necking), it’s common for two male giraffes to have sex with eachother. Such interactions between males have been found to be more frequent than heterosexual coupling
7. Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male’s Mouth
The male giraffes headbutt female giraffes in the bladder until she urinates. The male giraffe will then taste the urine to see if he can mate with her.
6. They have the highest blood pressure in the animal kingdom because its heart has to pump hard against gravity in order to reach its head
5. They have blue tongues because when feeding, their tongues are frequently out of their mouths and exposed to sunlight, so the dark coloration serves to prevent them from getting sunburned.
4. Baby Giraffes can stand within half an hour and after only 10 hours can actually run alongside their family.
3. A giraffes kick is so powerful it can decapitate an African lion.
2. Giraffes and humans possess the same number of neck bones (vertebrae) which is only 7!
1. They can clean their own ears with its 21-inch tongue