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Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), is the tallest animal in the world, reaching up to 5.5 m. height and the biggest ruminant (up to 1,900 kg weight). The front legs of a giraffe are about 10 percent longer than its hind legs. The animal’s rete mirabile (a complex of arteries and veins lying very close to each other, found in some vertebrates) prevents excess blood flow to the brain when the neck is lowered to drink water.
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Chudob waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/750 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful capture – - – beautiful!!!!

  • Thanks a lot Lorillee!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago

    Instant FAV. Now that’s a stretch. Barb

  • Many thanks for the support Barb, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks a lot Sandra, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 5 years ago

    April 13, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 5 years ago

    You are so very welcome Konstantinos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks a lot Ray, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • HelenBeresford
    HelenBeresfordover 4 years ago

    Such a great shot and beautifully composed! :)

  • Thank you very much Helen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • a~m .
    a~m .over 4 years ago

    Well Done Kon!

  • Thanks a lot everybody who voted! Thank you a~m.

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 4 years ago

    Love it! Congrats! :-D

  • Thanks a lot Ladyshark!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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