Take a good look at these giraffe nap pics, because you won't often catch a giraffe sleeping. In fact, despite being the tallest animal, giraffes have the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal, sleeping an average of just 30 minutes per day. And when they do sleep, usually it's just for a few minutes; until the 1950s, researchers believed that giraffes don't sleep at all.


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The giraffe is a prey animal, so many of its habits have evolved out of necessity. Since it's difficult to lie down or get up quickly, sleeping is a huge liability; drinking water is another struggle, since the giraffe's neck is too short to reach the ground. For this reason they get most of their water from the plants that they eat, and only need to drink water every few days.

So while these sleeping beasts might not seem very impressive, you're witness something few people have ever seen! Vote on the one you think looks the comfiest!

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Sleeping Giraffe

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TanjaPranicHealing 2 years ago

I want to hold his head for more comfort

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Sleeping Giraffe

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MarkieAsbill 2 years ago

Looks so peaceful

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Sleeping Giraffe

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MrTree1779 2 years ago

"That...was one helluva party."

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Sleeping Giraffe

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JanisTrawick 2 years ago

I vote for this one, seems so at peace with the world!

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Sleeping Giraffe

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vicarious1 2 years ago

They ALL look so lovely and peacefull because they live in a predator free environment like a Zoo in most photos but maybe this one. I spend ten years in Africa and have never seen one a sleep on no safari in any park.. Funny how one left even its tongue hang out totally relaxed. Bravo for your collection. How long did it take you to assemble all these .. How many naps did you have in between? :-)

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Sleeping Giraffe

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DorcasFriedel 2 years ago

i look at this giraffe and i see one of God's marvels and wonder how his greatest marvels-mankind- could ever look at a giraffe as a trophy

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Sleeping Giraffe

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Winter 2 years ago

I'm very glad I'm not a giraffe! They look SO uncomfortable!

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Sleeping Giraffe

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Amy Walker 2 months ago

#4 looks like the most comfortable sleep position to me

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