Learning from giraffes

I’ve taken a liking to giraffes lately. To help have better posture, I imagine my neck is long and tall like a giraffe’s. I’m also learning some other things from giraffes:

Get used to stretching

You need a lot of support to stretch
Giraffes’ hearts work hard to pump blood all the way up to their brains. Their hearts can weigh 25 pounds and have walls three inches thick! They also have special circulatory adaptations that prevent their heads from filling with blood when they bend down to drink, and from passing out when they straighten back up.

Nourish yourself
Giraffes eat acacia leaves, which have more concentrated nutrients than other food sources, and so they don’t have to eat as much as other herbivores.

Taking a long time to do something important is good
The average gestation time for giraffes is fifteen months – but once a baby giraffe is born, it’s bouncing around within a few hours.

Organize around shared goals and mutual protection
Giraffes have a fission-fusion society, which means they spend a lot of time foraging alone or in pairs but come together to sleep and guard against predators at watering holes.

Ask for help/share responsibility
They also have shared childcare – one mom giraffe will watch the babies while the other moms go out to eat.

Communicate reassurances and comfort
At night, giraffes hum to each other, like saying, “Don’t worry, we’re all here.”

Nap a lot
Giraffes sleep maybe two hours a day but take lots of 5-minute naps.

Be glamorous
Giraffes have dark, luxurious eyelashes 1.5 inches long, and obviously their coat patterns stand out among the exotic animals.

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