10 Largest Animals

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#7 Giraffes Are the Tallest of Them All

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The Gregarious Giraffe Photo: Penny Swift pennyswift.com

The tallest animals on Planet Earth, giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) are also one of the four largest land animals in existence, the others being hippos, rhino and elephants. Its species name camelopardalis indicates its vaguely camel-like appearance, with its very long neck and horny ossicone (which are protuberances on its head.) Giraffes are found in many parts of Africa where it eats largely the leaves from acacia trees, particularly the new, sweet leaves that might be as high as 6 m (20 ft) off the ground. They don’t have strong social bonds, but usually move around together with other giraffes.

#6 Southern Elephant Seals Are the Largest Carnivores

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The Largest Carnivora in the World: The Southern Elephant Seal Photo: David Shackleford http://twistedsifter.com/

The southern elephant seal is considerably larger than any other type of seal, as its name suggests, although males are much bigger than females. The largest known bull, hunted in 1913, weighed in at about 5,000 kg (11,000 lb), double the weight of the average white rhino (see below). Females are usually five to six times lighter than the males. Carnivorous creatures, southern elephant seals eat squid and fish, diving deep down, as much as 1,400 m (4,600 ft) to catch their prey.

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