A photograph of a giraffe on Earth.

Giraffes are an animal species native to the planet Earth. When Ford Prefect was stranded on prehistoric Earth, he split up with Arthur Dent and went to Africa, where there were giraffes.

In Life, the Universe and Everything Ford claimed to Arthur Dent that he was "single-handedly responsible" for the evolved shape of "the animal which [people] came to know in later centuries as a giraffe." He was apparently referring to the long neck of the animal, which he apparently stretched. When Arthur asked for further detail, he replied that it would "disturb" him.

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