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Giraffe, taking something from the bottom

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Giraffe, taking something from the bottom

All movements of the Giraffe are strange. She presents herself at her best when she goes quietly; she then has a dignified and graceful appearance. Her gait is a slow, measured pace; both legs of one side are moved at the same time. If she wants to move faster, because of the apparent mismatch between the shoulder height and the height in the crotch (and between the height and the length of the torso) she falls into a remarkable stiff, weak and plump gallop, which however, because of the great width of each jump taken separately, it causes the animal to travel a great way in a short time.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Life of Animals, Part 1, Chapter 11 by AE Brehm
Africa, Artiodactyla