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Giraffes are the tallest land animals in the world. Some can grow more than 18 feet (5.5 meters) in height. Giraffes not only have the longest neck, but arguably the longest tongue as well. They use their prehensile tongues to pull leaves from trees.
The word "giraffe" comes from the Arabic word zarafah, which means "fast walker." Giraffes are indeed fast, able to sprint at speeds of 37 miles per hour (55 kilometers per hour).
Giraffes are often pictured in movies about African animals, including The Lion King and Madagascar. Other famous giraffes include the Toys 'R' Us mascot Geoffrey and the teething toy Sophie.
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Would you like to draw a baby giraffe? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. You will need a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Baby Giraffe
1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will help you form the giraffe's head.
2. Extend a long, curved line from one side of the circle to the other, traveling beneath the circle. This further outlines the head.
3. Erase guide lines from the head, leaving an irregular egg shape.
4. Draw the giraffe's ears. Enclose each ear using a "U" shaped line. Then, draw a slightly smaller "U" shaped line within each ear to detail the inner ear.
5. Extend a long, curved line from beneath the head. Double it back upon itself, enclosing a rounded "L" shape. This forms the giraffe's neck and body.
6. Draw the giraffe's forelegs, erasing guide lines as necessary. For the near leg, extend a pair of curved lines from just inside the body. Enclose them at the bottom using a short curved line. Enclose the far leg alongside the first using a curved "L" shaped line. Band both legs with a short line at the bottom, indicating the hoof.
7. Draw the rear legs, erasing guide lines as necessary. Extend two curved lines from the body, and attach them at the bottom using a curved line. Use curved lines to enclose the far leg between the front and rear legs. Band each of the rear legs with a short line, indicating the hooves.
8. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to enclose a tuft of hair at the top of the head. Erase guide lines as necessary. Extend a pair of narrowly spaced parallel lines on each side of the tuft. Enclose them at the end with a small circle. These are the giraffe's horns, called ossicones. Then, draw a jagged line from the base of the neck to the back, forming the mane.
Extend a pair of "S" shaped lines to form the tail. At the tail's tip, enclose a teardrop shape, and draw curved lines down its length. This is the tuft of fur at the tip of the tail.
9. Detail your giraffe. For each eye draw an oval within an oval. Then, draw small circles on each side of the inner oval. Enclose a pointed, curved shape above each eye to indicate the eyebrows. Draw an inverted "U" shaped line across the face to indicate the snout. Draw a wide "U" shaped line for the smiling mouth, and small ovals for the nostrils. Finally, draw the giraffe's spots by enclosing irregular shapes all over its body.
Color your giraffe. Giraffes can be tan or yellow with brown, black, or even reddish markings.
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