G is for Giraffe #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

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8 April 2017  –  G is for Giraffe

The giraffe is a long neck genus of African even-toed ungulate mammal
They are the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants
Giraffes instantly sprinting away can reach speeds of more than 30 mph for short periods
Seven of these species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils

They are the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants
Giraffes browse on the twigs of trees, preferring trees of the subfamily Acacieae
Seven of these species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils
They also feed on shrubs, grass and fruit eating around 34 kg (75 lb) of foliage daily.

Giraffes browse on the twigs of trees, preferring trees of the subfamily Acacieae
Genera which are important sources of calcium and protein sustaining giraffes growth
They also feed on shrubs, grass and fruit eating around 34 kg (75 lb) of foliage daily.
Giraffes get 70% of their moisture from their feed, so need to drink very little

Genera which are important sources of calcium and protein sustaining giraffes growth
When it has access to water, giraffes drinks at intervals no longer than three days.
Giraffes get 70% of their moisture from their feed, so need to drink very little<
Gestation lasts 400–460 days (fifteen months), after which a single calf is normally born

When it has access to water, giraffes drinks at intervals no longer than three days.
The mother gives birth standing up, the calf emerges head and front legs first
Gestation lasts 400–460 days (fifteen months), after which a single calf is normally born
Within a few hours of birth, the calf can run around and is almost indistinguishable from a one-week-old

The mother gives birth standing up, the calf emerges head and front legs first
However, for the first one to three weeks, it spends most of its time hiding
Within a few hours of birth, the calf can run around and is almost indistinguishable from a one-week-old
Females sexually mature when four years old, while males mature at four or five years

However, for the first one to three weeks, it spends most of its time hiding
Giraffes have a long lifespan compared to other ruminants, up to 25 years in the wild
Females sexually mature when four years old, while males mature at four or five years
A quarter to a half of giraffe calves reaches adulthood.

Giraffes have a long lifespan compared to other ruminants, up to 25 years in the wild
Giraffes instantly sprinting away can reach speeds of more than 30 mph for short periods
A quarter to a half of giraffe calves reaches adulthood.
The giraffe is a long necked genus of African even-toed ungulate mammal.

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