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Meet Forest, the world's tallest giraffe

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A male giraffe living in a zoo in Australia has been crowned the tallest of them all, hitting a giddy 5.7 meters (18 feet, 8 inches).

(CNN)A male giraffe living in a zoo in Australia has been crowned the tallest of them all, hitting a giddy 5. 7 meters (18 feet, 8 inches).

Twelve-year-old Forest, who lives at Australia Zoo in Queensland, is so lanky that a team from Guinness World Records had to create a specially made measuring pole and rig it next to a hay dispenser in the giraffe house to record his height.

Forest was born at Auckland Zoo in New Zealand in 2007 and was moved to Australia Zoo -- run by the Irwin family -- at the age of two.

The tallest species alive in the world today, giraffes usually grow to between 15 and 18 feet.

"Our sweetheart Forest has officially made it into the Guinness World Records for being the tallest living giraffe!

She added: "Giraffes are doing it tough in the wild, and we're so proud that we can do our part in ensuring this species is around for the generations to come. "

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