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Giraffes (Giraffa sp.)

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The third heaviest land animal after the elephant and rhino, the tallest of them and the largest ruminant (a mammal that is able to acquire nutrients from plant-based food by fermenting it in a specialised stomach prior to digestion, principally through microbial actions), males of the Northern species (Giraffa camelopardalis) can weigh up to 1,930 kg (4,250 lbs): https://animaldiversity.org/site/account...dalis.html

Nubian giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis camelopardalis) at Al Ain Zoo in my country, by Balaji in 2009

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If a bull can kill a human with a powerful kick, then so can a giraffe: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/...e-20181229

In addition, giraffes can use their horn-like ossicones to kill humans with head-butts: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/07/afric...index.html

A giraffe kills a lioness by kicking or crushing it:




The ossicones of a reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) in Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, Michigan State, U.S.A., by Jacob Enos

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Despite not being as muscular or heavily built as a rhino or elephant, it seems that the giraffe is the only land animal that can use its size to intimidate an elephant. After a scene in which an elephant kicks off a hippo, a family of African bush elephants (which would be bigger than Asian elephants) decided to move away from a male and female giraffe, both of which behaved in an aggressive manner when one of the elephants came close to them! 




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photo by:  Nikolay Tchaouchev   

https://unsplash.com/photos/LK4qTPvWdnM


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photo by: Wolfgang Hasselmann

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On Tuesday the 28th of January, in Bang Khla District, 2 giraffes jumped from a poorly-secured 6-wheeled lorry, which was travelling along Highway 304 to an animal breeding station near Rojana Industrial Estate in Mahaphot District of Prachin Buri. Eventually, one of the 2 giraffes, which measured 4 m (13.12 ft), was captured with a tranquiliser, but the other one, measuring 5−6 m (16.4−19.69 ft), was found dead in a roadside ditch in Chachoengsao Province on Thursday the 30th of January: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/gen...otus-ditch, https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/gen...fe-drowned, https://abcnews.go.com/International/wir...l-68636746

Rescue workers try to retrieve the dead giraffe from a roadside ditch in Chachoengsao province on Thursday. Screenshot from TV Channel 8:

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credits: Kruger Sightings

   Giraffes fighting at Kruger National Park with an unexpected ending.

These guys lunging such powerful blows with those strong necks and ossicones.



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James Tyrell: " One of the more dramatic stories I’ve watched unfold in the bush. Somehow this old giraffe bull had got himself bogged in a small pan.

Once giraffes go down, they struggle to get up again (long story involving lactic acid, muscle types and a few other anatomical features), and this poor bull wasn’t aided by the muddy substrate he was in. Eventually the effort was too much for him and his body gave up; he sadly drowned a few hours after he fell in. Later that evening, two male lions caught the scent of the carcass and came to investigate, eventually wading into the water to begin feeding, which they continued to do for a further three days. "


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Daniel Rosengren: " The grace of two fighting giraffes. It may seem like they move in slow motion, but the force created when they swing their own heads like a club is tremendous. The skull of a giraffe male grows more and more heavy as they age, hence their "club" gets more and more powerful. As they fight, the hairs on top of their horns (ossicones) get worn away. So if you see a giraffe with bald spots on the horns, it is a male.

Photographed in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. "



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Sad news...

" Two extremely rare #WhiteGiraffes were found poached this week in Kenya. They were among the rarest #giraffes to walk the planet and now two more are gone. "





" Did you know, we've lost roughly 40% of giraffes in the last 30 years? The trade of their skin and #bushmeat continues to fuel #poaching and #wildlife trafficking. We must stop the demand. "
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(03-13-2020, 03:18 AM)Spalea Wrote: Sad news...

" Two extremely rare #WhiteGiraffes were found poached this week in Kenya. They were among the rarest #giraffes to walk the planet and now two more are gone. "





" Did you know, we've lost roughly 40% of giraffes in the last 30 years? The trade of their skin and #bushmeat continues to fuel #poaching and #wildlife trafficking. We must stop the demand.  "

Or maybe the coronavirus and its far-reaching economic consequences for the World (like the oil dispute) can at least limit the demand, if you see what happened to those illegal Chinese markets where animals, wild or domestic, were traded, killed or mistreated, for example: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-on-the-...#pid105361
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Paultje_ni: " Only found naturally in Africa.

It is the tallest animal in the world
Males stand 16-18 feet; Females 14-16 feet
Males weigh up to 2,000 pounds; Females a bit lighter
Females use their hooves as weapons only to defend their young.
They are strong enough to kill a lion, which is the Giraffe's only real predator. "


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(03-21-2020, 08:37 PM)Spalea Wrote: Paultje_ni: " Only found naturally in Africa.

It is the tallest animal in the world
Males stand 16-18 feet; Females 14-16 feet
Males weigh up to 2,000 pounds; Females a bit lighter
Females use their hooves as weapons only to defend their young.
They are strong enough to kill a lion, which is the Giraffe's only real predator. "



Actually, a leopard known as the "Shepherd Tree Male" was seen with a giraffe's carcass, which it hoisted up a tree! The giraffe may have been a juvenile, but still much larger than the leopard!



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@BorneanTiger :

About #11 and #12: yes, I know this case of this leopard hoisting up to a tree a juvenile giraffe carcass. Probably too, he also killed it. Even if the photograph's comment at #11 is just simple and factual, he only says that lion are the only one predators, regular predator, of the adult giraffes. And it's simply true !
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