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Copyright: Mitja Vodeb (lenartzala) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 22] (112)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 8:08
Viewed: 3496
Points: 2
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This giraffe was licking a hole in its fence without break in Ljubljana zoo.
There is currently only one pretty young male giraffa camelopardalis reticulata in the zoo.
The giraffas are the tallest animals in the world, males reaching almost 6 meters high. They have more than 2 meters long neck, where there are only 7 bones.
Each giraffa has its own unique combination of spots on its skin, like human fingertips.
It is probably a refreshing mode of cooling the tongue and licking the cold metal is also a gym for the tongue, because the giraffas in nature use their tongues and upper lip for stripping leaves, shoots, flowers and vine from the trees. A single giraffe needs about 35 kilos of vegetation per day, and in zoo's the food is provided every day without giraffe's effort.

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-06-19 9:59]

Hello Mitja
Normally the idea would be to try and cut out any zoo fences or other paraphernalia, but in this case the fence is part of the story and the behaviour of this animal. This is where it is important to have proper notes that explain the story of the photo. Well seen and articulated. The colours appear to be a little warm, but I don't know at what time of day you took the photo. If it was late afternoon it probably explains the colour cast. There is a little bit of overexposure above the eye and ear, but nothing major.

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