Do giraffes kiss each other?
Many animals, especially mammals, are affectionate towards each other.
Giraffe kissing is the nuzzling of mouths and lips together. Their long tongues – at up to 45 centimetres (18 inches) long – can also be touching or locked around each other’s tongue.
A giraffe has a narrow nose, a flexible upper lip, and a long, prehensile tongue that can wrap around branches – and other giraffe’s tongues.
A giraffe has sticky, thick saliva (spit) which covers Acacia tree thorns that it eats. Kissing can also produce a lot of saliva or slobber.
Location of photographs: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM