Saturday, June 12, 2010

Giraffe horns

The giraffe... the world's tallest mammal. In Afrikaans a giraffe is called a kameelperd (camel horse). Just like a camel, the giraffe walks with both legs on each side of their body at the same time. But that's not what this post is about. Have you aver wondered about a giraffe's horns? Are they real horns or just tufts of hair?

A giraffe has horns. I found this giraffe skull in the garden at Elephant's Footprint Lodge. In the picture you can see that the horns are growing on to of his head and isn't just hair. The way to easily see the difference between males and females are that the females have lots of long hairs growing on top of the horns while the male's horns are normally bold on top. Go figure.

4 comments:

  1. The skull sure was a cool find.

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  2. I'd hate to get head-butted by a giraffe... that just seems like it would hurt.

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  3. So it is not only the human male species that have that problem. Wonder if giraffes can also grow beards to make up for it - lol.

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  4. Who knew....but that's they way it is at my house too!

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