Did you know that giraffe have the highest blood pressure of any animal on the planet?
It can measure 280/180 mm Hg, which is twice that usually found in people, and their hearts can beat up to 170 times per minute. Just think how strong their heart must have to beat in order for blood to reach the top of their heads!
Today, 29 September, is World Heart Day. To celebrate, here are five other fascinating facts about hearts within the animal kingdom.
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#181: Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?
I’ve been thinking about this for at least 20 minutes and, quite sadly, have to admit that I can’t think of a single time where I’ve explored/spent a substantial amount of time (not even half an hour!) just taking in nature. I do remember when I was younger spending time lying on the grass, watching the butterflies flitting around our huge buddleia tree in the garden but I’m guessing that doesn’t count. Although I do remember how enchanting it was to watch them – sounds silly but they do have a mysterious way of moving and just being.
That said, I would love nothing more to go to somewhere like Borneo (Orangutans), Rwanda (Gorillas), Uganda (Chimpanzees), or even on an African Safari (Giraffes, Elephants, Lions etc) where I could simply sit and watch the wild animals live their lives. I can imagine that is an absolutely incredible thing to witness!