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“Pic of the Week”. April 26, 2013. Giraffes, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Giraffes are almost as entertaining as elephants.  Seemly awkward with their thin spindly legs, halting gait and l-o-n-g necks, they have a gentle nature that I find appealing.  A few interesting facts about giraffes:

– They are the tallest terrestrial mammal, standing 5-6 m. (16-20′), with males weighing up to 1500 kg (3500 pounds).  Baby giraffes are born almost 2 meters (6′) tall!

– They have long purple tongues — long enough with which to touch their ears.  Scientists think their tongue is colored to help protect it from sunburn.  Giraffes eat 35 kg of vegetation a day, virtually all torn off by their purplish tongues.

– They sleep only 30 minutes a day!  If they were lawyers, that would leave them almost 24 hours in which to bill (actually they would likely bill for more than 36 hours a day if they were lawyers!)

These photos were taken in the Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a beautiful oasis filled with lots of wildlife, including large numbers of giraffes.  You can read more about it here if you’re interested.

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2 Responses to “Pic of the Week”. April 26, 2013. Giraffes, Okavango Delta, Botswana

  1. Lester says:

    Do you have something against lawyers? I thought in Canada there was no litigation — only here in the US?

    • Dr. Fumblefinger says:

      Lawyers are an unnecessary evil, no matter where. But the tort system here is not nearly as broken as it is in the USA. My malpractice insurance rate here is just 10% of what it was in the USA, if you can believe it.