Does The Girrafe Have A Voice?
When you think of a giraffe, the first thing you probably think of is its long neck. But there is another rather remarkable thing about this strange animal- it has practically no voice!
The reason we said “practically” is that certain giraffes, which have been observed, in zoological parks, have made certain types of noises. For example, female giraffes have been heard to moo softly, especially when they seem worried about something. And certain young giraffes, when hungry, have sometimes made sounds like those of a calf.
But in a giraffe, the voice box, or larynx, is almost completely undeveloped. so that we can say that most giraffes do not have a voice.
But since all animals have some means of protecting themselves against enemies. The giraffe has other ways to make up for its lack of voice. One is the development of its senses of hearing and smell. A giraffe’s ears are sensitive to the faintest sounds. This helps the giraffe to detect any danger. And its sense of smell is so good that it can “smell trouble” even when it is far away.
Another protection is that a giraffe has its ability to move around. The giraffe can gallop at more than 30 miles an hour when pursued and can run faster than the fastest horse.
Still another protection for the giraffe is its coloring. It blends in so well with its surroundings that, despite its enormous size, it is often very difficult to spot a giraffe when it is standing in a forest.
When we look at most animals they do not seem especially strange to us.But when we look at a giraffe we feel it has a peculiar appearance. The reason for this is probably that long, long neck.
The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world and often reaches a height of 18 feet. It also has very long legs. Although its legs are about of equal length. very strong muscles have developed at the base of the neck so that its back slopes downwards from shoulder to tail.
The head is small and narrow, and the eyes which are dark and soft give this huge animal an expression of gentleness. The ears of the giraffe are sensitive to the faintest sounds. As a matter of fact, that remarkable sense of hearing and a keen sense of smell are very important to a giraffe in detecting danger.
Another curious thing about it is the tongue, which is often a foot and a half long. The giraffe can use its tongue so skillfully that it can pick the smallest leaves off thorny plants without being pricked.
When you see a giraffe moving, you notice that it ambles rather than walks. Despite this, it can gallop at more than 30 miles an hour when pursued and it can outrun the fastest horse.
While the giraffe is a gentle animal, it can put up a good fight when attacked. It kicks out its hind legs or uses its head like a sledgehammer. Even a lion is pretty careful when attacking a giraffe.
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