# Giraffe

The height of this giraffe's mate is three and a third
metres plus one third of its height. How tall is the giraffe's mate?

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Did you know that the giraffe is the tallest land animal and the tallest living mammal? The tallest male giraffe on record was 5.88 metres tall. Despite its long neck, the giraffe has only seven vertebrae, exactly the same number as most other mammals.

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Giraffe photograph taken at Chiang Mai Zoo, Thailand on 12th February 2014 © John Tranter

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