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Fact: Seeing spots? Did you know that the
spots on each giraffe are distinctive to that animal alone? Because of this, people
who are familiar with giraffes (such as researchers), can often identify each animal
merely by recognizing their spot patterns.
Fact: Giraffes can eat up to 77 pounds (35
kilograms) of food every day. They do not eat meat, but prefer the leaves and tender
shoots of trees and shrubs. Their favorite meal, the leaves and twigs of the thorny
acacia tree, have all the nutrients a growing giraffe needs, except for calcium and
salt. The leaves also contain a lot of water, making water holes much less of a necessity. With that
kind of motivation, it's no wonder they like the acacia so much!
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