Tall tales

The neck and legs of a giraffe make it the tallest land animal on earth — some reach 17 feet in height.

• The Arabs named the firaffe has been named after its speed, not height: ‘giraffe’ comes from an Arab word that means ‘the one that walks very fast’.

• A giraffe’s single stride covers 15 feet.

• While running, it can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.

• A newborn baby giraffe is six feet tall.

• A giraffe’s tongue is nearly 22 inches long, and is black on the

end to protect it from sunburn.