National Geographic : 1950 Mar
© National Geographic Society 359 Kodachrolic by W. Robert Moore "He That Surpasses Trees," Zulus Call the Sky-reaching Giraffe Adults could peep in second-story windows with case; their 18-foot height in some places of Africa menaces telegraph wires. With 1' 2 -foot tongues they reach out for leaves in topmost branches. In combat giraffes swing their long necks like golf clubs; pack a terrific punch with their heads. Hind legs strike violent kicks capable of somersaulting a horse and rider. Front legs trample enemies. Giraffes are swift runners, but their gait appears odd as they move front and back legs on the same side together, like a pacing horse. They are rarely seen lying down, but the one below was caught resting and getting up.