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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:59 pm 
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Interesting fact about the giraffe is its head cannot go below its hart because it wil die of to much blood on the brain and thats whay thay go down like thay do when thay drink.

Thay have a netting of veins behind there brain that keeps the blood away from the brain for 60 seconds so htat thay can drink.

Thats whay you will never find a giraffe drinking longer than 60 seconds.!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:02 pm 
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Wildlover, no, not quite. The simple reason for them going down like that to drink is that their neck is shorter than their front legs and body combined so, unless they bend funny like that, they'll never be able to drink.

When they drink their heads do go below their heart. But you're correct, if they didn't have a system in place they would die, and then on the flipside pass out should they suddenly get up as there wouldn't be any blood.

Here's a shot off the webcams that Imberbe posted some time ago on a quiz, showing how low the head goes.

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And off there the answer also comes in terms of why don't die of stroke, nor pass out:

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A giraffe's heart, which can weigh up to 10 kg (22 lb) and measure about 60 cm (2 ft) long, has to generate around double the normal blood pressure for an average large mammal in order to maintain blood flow to the brain against gravity. In the upper neck, a complex pressure-regulation system called the rete mirabile prevents excess blood flow to the brain when the giraffe lowers its head to drink. Conversely, the blood vessels in the lower legs are under great pressure (because of the weight of fluid pressing down on them). In other animals such pressure would force the blood out through the capillary walls; giraffes, however, have a very tight sheath of thick skin over their lower limbs which maintains high extravascular pressure in exactly the same way as a pilot's g-suit


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That is the secret! It is also called a "blood sponge".

It is a unique (if I remember correctly the Okapi has a similar but only very rudimentary one) and very intricate system the giraffe developed. Basically it is an organ sitting just below the brain, with many blood vessel, which is packed closely together. As the blood pressure increases when the giraffe bends down, the increased pressure forces the vessels closer together. This hinders the flow of the blood by constricting the vessels. This blocks the higher pressure and limits the amount of blood coming through, protecting the brain, while at the same time ensuring that enough blood do reach the brain for it to continue functioning normally.


Wonderful animals indeed!!

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 Post subject: Giraffe - strange behaviour
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On our quick trip to Berg en Dal last weekend, we saw this giraffe on the river road towards Croc Bridge ...
We first thought that it was drinking water from a puddle hidden in the grass...

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but then it stood up and had something in its mouth ...

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We couldn't identify the object, as the giraffe let it drop down too quickly.
It looked like small bird or bullfrog !!!
However the giraffe picked it up a number of times and only when it picked up a bigger bone, we realised that it was a vertebra of probably a giraffe ?!
Now I guess it was just licking / trying to chew the bones - being after the salty taste just like cattle and most antelopes do ? Or could we have witnessed some bisarre show of respect to dead companions ?- unlikely I guess ?


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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe - strange behaviour
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:clap: Very interesting and great pics as well...:clap:

They are after the minerals in the bones maybe?

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe - strange behaviour
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Giraffes are herbivores - everyone knows that - so when you are out in the bush and you come across a giraffe standing chewing what looks like a bone … you are certainly within your right to think your eyes are completely deceiving you.
But don’t panic … because the giraffe is indeed chewing on a bone.
They will pick up discarded bones from the remains of skeletons that the hyenas don’t want anymore, and will chew on the bone to get the calcium to supplement their diet.

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe - strange behaviour
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I could watch the same a few years back and also was told by a friend that they lick the bones for minerals. Here are some pics:

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Very interesting - Thanks peeps!! :thumbs_up:

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Was also told by a guide on one of the drives that giraffe eat hyena dung for the calcium!


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This leucistic Giraffe was seen in Kruger just below Lower Sabie in May this year.

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Interesting sighting Elsa.
Looking through my earlier photos I came across this Giraffe which shows just how supple a Giraffes neck is. This photo was taken way back in Nov 2005 and I have not witnessed anything like this since.

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:lol: :lol: Amazing picture.


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 Post subject: Giraffe Eating Bones
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We have photo's of a giraffe eating bones has anyone else ever heard of this activity? :|

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe Eating Bones
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Never seen it - but heard about it plenty of times from guides before. They apparently do it to get their needed dose of minerals - kind of like a salt lick I guess... :P

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe Eating Bones
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Watched at giraffe having a marvelous chew in May in Mafikeng Game Reserve.
He moved his head into all kind of weird angles to move round the bone as he chewed.
I watched him for a good 10 minutes and he was at it when I arrived.


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