Gala, the Giraffe that speaks

I'm Giraffe and I live in Africa. I like to live with a family and am very sociable.

I can be up to 6 m tall and I have 8 vertebrae in my long neck. 

My body is covered with colored hair that helps me to camouflage the landscape. I have 2 horns covered with fur on the ends, but I have a cousin that has 3 horns, and others may have 4 or 5 horns. 

I can live for 15 to 25 years, I only sleep 2 to 4 hours a day, little at a time, almost always standing up, so I can run away if there is danger.

As I have many leaves, especially acacia, which I reach with my tongue of about 50 cm, I can go many days without drinking water.

To be born it took almost 15 months, at birth, imagine, I fell from a height of almost 2 meters, and already weighed almost 100 kg. After 1 hour I was already breastfeeding, and after another time I was running. I spent 1 year with my mother, now I'm 5 years old and I'm about to become a mom.

Author: Marília Morais