This B&W Giraffe photograph is showing the animal sticking out its long tongue in a funny way. This Giraffe is eating from an Acacia tree just nearby. Giraffes usually enchant our sympathy through their elegance and, of course, due to their height. And maybe also the way how they walk, such a graceful walk. In other words, these animals have a beautiful and extraordinary charming charisma. However, these animals can also be amusing with certain behaviors, like in this B&W Giraffe photograph. How about the Giraffe’s tongue? Well, it is exceptionally long and has a thick layer for protection. During feeding on their favorite food, the Acacia trees, that layer protects the animal’s tongue of the long sharp thorns. Also, the Giraffes know exactly how to maneuver their tongue around the thick thorns to pull off the leaves.
A Giraffe’s Tongue Facts
- We see the tongue on a spectrum between black, bluish, and sometimes purple.
- The length is between 45 – 50cm / 17 – 20 inches long.
- Due to the length, they can grasp leaves with their tongue skillfully.
- It is a tool for aiding dexterity.
- The tongue is high on melanin, which protects against sun rays.
The Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, is listed in the category vulnerable on the IUCN red list. These beautiful, charming animals have already extinct in 7 African countries.
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