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Giraffe bent neck

Feeling smart?  Answer the following question:

Compared to a human, a giraffe has _________ vertebrae in its neck.

a) fewer

b) the same number of

c) more

If you picked “b,” you are correct.  Humans and giraffes each have seven vertebrae in their necks.  Since giraffe necks can be over six feet long, their neck bones are elongated, which makes it all the more remarkable that they can bend their necks as shown in the image above.

The giraffes’ long, flexible necks aren’t only for feeding on leaves that the shorter grazers can’t reach…they also come in handy when their backs itch or the insects are biting!


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