Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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Giraffes are just the strangest animals. It's hard to believe that they're evolutionarily fit, but it kinda makes sense when you watch them. They've got an incredible ability to watch for danger - so good that other animals, such as zebras, tend to stick around to see if the giraffe sees anything. They can get the good leaves that nobody else can (though elephants I guess can get the same leaves, as they just rip the tree to the ground). They're fast, but a bit awkward and prone to slipping on rocky surfaces (a major hunting technique for lions). And, apparently their swinging head packs quite a whallop. When fighting for mates, male giraffes pull back and aim their horns at their opponents' necks, hoping to strike a vertebrae and send the other flailing. Incidentally, male horns have the fur worn off of the tips of their horns, while females do not.

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