Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ABC Wednesday:C is for Cameleopard

What's a cameleopard? This is:


Their scientific name is Giraffa camelopardalis. Giraffe come from the Arabic zafara, fast walker. They are called Kameelperd, camel horse in Africaans.


Here's a baby.


And one sharing a meal with a Kudu


The baby a year later, bowing down to drink.


Another baby, trying out its long legs. I think that no other animal looks quite that elegant in full gallop. Their movements are deceivingly slow, but giraffes can run at a speed of 50km/h and keep that up for long distances.


These two are fighting, it's called necking and they both try to hit their opponent with their head. It looks slow, but such a blow is very powerful, although they rarely hurt each other at all. It's just a test of strength.

See what else C stands for with ABC Wednesday

Photos were taken at Hannover Zoo, Hagenbecks Tierpark Hamburg and Wilhelma Stuttgart,

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