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The okapis blue/black tongue is long and prehensile, measuring around 30 centimetres (12 inches) long. They both use their tongues to strip leaves and buds from trees. The tongue of an okapi is long enough for it to wash its eyelids and clean its ears. It is one of the few mammals that can lick its own ears.

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