Take a good look at these giraffe pictures, because you won't often catch a sleeping giraffe. 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 these animals don't sleep and argued do giraffes lay down at all.

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 of reaching 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. Sure, these giraffe facts make them already special, but wait until you see them sleeping!

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

#1

Pretzel Giraffe

Pretzel Giraffe

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CherylSicuso
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7 years ago

Nice butt pillow!

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#2

Sleeping Baby Giraffes

Sleeping Baby Giraffes

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TanjaPranicHealing
Community Member
7 years ago

I want to hold his head for more comfort

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#3

Sleeping Giraffe

Sleeping Giraffe

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LauraStephenson
Community Member
7 years ago

Nom

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#4

Folded Giraffe

Folded Giraffe

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MarkieAsbill
Community Member
7 years ago

Looks so peaceful

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#5

One Comfy Sleeping Position

One Comfy Sleeping Position

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MrTree1779
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7 years ago

"That...was one helluva party."

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#6

Snoozing Giraffe

Snoozing Giraffe

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JanisTrawick
Community Member
7 years ago

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

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#7

Sleeping Giraffe

Sleeping Giraffe

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vicarious1
Community Member
7 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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#8

Resting Giraffe

Resting Giraffe

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DorcasFriedel
Community Member
7 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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#9

Folded Over

Folded Over

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Sally Metry
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't figure where are the four legs LOOOL

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#10

Perfect Pillow

Perfect Pillow

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Sally Metry
Community Member
4 years ago

looks comfy

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#11

Sleeping Giraffe

Sleeping Giraffe

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Winter
Community Member
7 years ago

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

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#12

Peacefully Resting

Peacefully Resting

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Amy Walker
Community Member
5 years ago

#4 looks like the most comfortable sleep position to me

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#13

Maybe Sleeping...

Maybe Sleeping...

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Normandie Kent
Community Member
3 years ago

What long beautiful eyelashes they’ve got there.

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