If you answered the giraffe, you are correct! A giraffe's ears can measure up to eight inches long. But as the tallest land mammal, a giraffe's large ears are not the only thing accounting for its staggering height.
Adding to their 14-18 foot total height, a giraffe's neck can reach six feet in length. Also, their 600-pound neck has just seven vertebraes, the same amount as a human neck! This is possible because each vertebrae measures up to 10 inches long.
Another unique feature to giraffes is their walking gait. Giraffes move their six-foot long legs simultaneously based on side, moving both the left legs together and then both the right legs together when walking. This is called pacing. However, giraffes have a separate gait for running in which both hind legs will swing around and in front of the forelegs. They can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
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