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Which animals have the longest legs?

The land animal with the longest legs is the giraffe, whose legs can be 1.8-2.1 metres (six to seven feet) long. These towering animals can reach six metres (20 feet) overall and weigh four tons, with a sprint speed of 60 kilometres (37 miles) per hour. When galloping, the giraffe’s front and hind legs work in pairs. Ostriches are the longest-legged birds, at 1.2-1.5 metres (four to five feet) long. Both of these are dwarfed by the feeding tentacles of the giant squid, however, which can reach 8.2 metres (27 feet)!

Answered by Kate Sherburn, Manchester Museum.