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Can you guess the animal combination of the name?

The Hummiraffe, standing at an average fifty feet tall, takes in nutrients through the flowers of the honey tree, their preferred variety of flower. The connector from the Hummiraffe to the flower is his tongue, yes. Hummiraffes cannot eat ANYTHING other than flower nectar.

This is a male Hummiraffe, by the (assumed) bright colouring, as well as the "mane" of fur from the chin to past the rib cage, and the flaps. While these flaps are used mainly for heat collection and regulation and sensory of the surroundings, they are also used decoratively in mating rituals. A smaller use of these is as defence, making the Hummiraffe look more menacing than it does to the larger predators.

Despite the Hummiraffe's large size, it is VERY docile and VERY easily frightened or intimidated. It is a very pacifistic creature, although will use defencive strikes against an opponent when all hope is lost.

The retractable front claws are NOT weapons, but rather for the stripping of bark from the honey tree, as well as the removal of flowers for the smaller young.

The large ears are highly sensitive to sound, as to allow the Hummiraffe time to escape from predators, as it is not a fast runner, the stout front legs keeping them from high speeds.

They are very good at mountain climbing, with help one by their strong claws, and also by cloved (split) hooves on their back legs.

The adolescent Hummiraffe is very awkwardly lanky, and it is only at this stage in their lives in which they are actually able to run at faster speeds than fifteen miles per hour (which is the average of an adult's sprinting speed).

Their eyes are small, and cannot see very well. They rely more on their ears and sensory flaps.

The flaps on the back are mistaken often by humans for wings, which is a complete misconception. The Hummiraffe couldn't HOPE to fly, even if it had legitimate wings. They are simply too heavy, even with their choice of foods.

Captive Hummiraffes are rare, and they tend to be smaller than their wild cousins. They are used mainly in the transportation of large objects. Females are quite adapted to this labor, as the Hummiraffe calf actually rides on the mother's back for most of three years, until it is able to walk comfortably on its own.

Hummiraffes have VERY long life spans, longer than humans. The average age of death is one hundred and twenty five. The oldest Hummiraffe on record lived to one hundred and sixty, although this was only a captive-bred one, and not a natural-born.

Hummiraffes make NO vocal sounds, and rely on the clicking of small, scaly plates lined along the backsides of their sensory flaps (which makes the backsides black). As they do not see well, their body language is very vivid, and in a human environment, very disastrous, as they can knock down small buildings in their expressions.

They use their strength to knock down honey trees as well, and often carve large paths through forests otherwise impossible to travel, and so they are the natural road-makers for humans.

Hummiraffes do NOT exist on Earth, and rather are on another planet, which humans come to find after a booming advance in technology. Their planet is nicknamed the World of Giants, as all of the creatures there are larger than other things on Earth. It actually has very little water compared to Earth, and was at first deemed useless by humans, who by then were searching for more fuels and waters. Upon the discovery of the native creatures, however, humans began to populate the planet as their own. The largest environment massing on the World of Giants is of the forest kind, with moderate temperatures. Next to this is desert, which covers both poles and contains most of the little water. In fact, most creatures and plants on the planet do not need much water to survive, and can go weeks to months without any. The overall temperature of the planet is hotter than Earth's, and almost all of the water is fresh, except for a small percentile.

There is NO dominant species of this planet, and humans are never one, given the other creatures competing for this role.
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