This animal odd-bod has an amazing party trick
Okapis might not have inherited the genes for stature boasted by their lofty cousins, the giraffes, but they do share some traits, an extremely long, prehensile tongue being one. In fact, proportionate to body size, the okapi outdoes its taller relative in this area.
Native to the lowland rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, they use this appendage – which can grow up to 45.7 centimetres (18 inches) – to wrap around low-hanging branches and strip off the leaves. It also comes in handy as a grooming tool for cleaning both calves and themselves; it’s long and flexible enough to reach most of their bodies, including their eyelids and their ears!