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Giraffes can‘t swim

Giraffes can‘t swim

Like other mammals, giraffes are able to float in water.

Giraffes are the world's tallest animals. The most striking feature of this species is their extremely elongated neck and legs. Giraffes are found only in Africa and are mostly found in the savannahs and woodlands of the continent. Giraffes are found in Chad, South Africa, Niger, Uganda, Namibia, and Kenya. Due to their height, many believe that giraffes are unable to swim. Science is beginning to prove this wrong.

Giraffes have long been known as one of the mammals in the world that are not able to swim. Scientists believed that the long neck of the giraffe and the long legs would not provide enough energy to support its neck while in water. However, in 2010, this fact was disapproved when scientists used complex digital models to prove that just like other mammals, giraffes too can float in water. In the study published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, it was found that giraffes could supposedly swim. However, it would require the giraffe to crank its neck in an awkward backward position, and also slant the legs backward.


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