Week 6 of our “What animal am I?” series .…Clues during the week -> featured animal revealed on Thursdays.
New research however has another theory: Male giraffes use their necks as weapons in combat to . They stand side by side and . To help with this, their skulls are unusually thick, and they have horn-like growths called on the tops of their heads. Their heads are like battering rams and are capable of breaking their opponents’ bones. What do you think, plausible?
Thick-skinned: The skin of a giraffe is mostly gray. Its thickness allows the animal to run through thorn bushes without being punctured. The fur may serve as a chemical defence, as its parasite repellents give the animal a characteristic scent. However some parasites feed on giraffes and they may rely on oxpeckers to clean them of ticks and alert them to danger.
Tongue: The giraffe’s tongue is about 45 cm long. It is purplish-black in colour, perhaps to protect against sunburn, and is useful for grasping foliage, as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal’s nose.