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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe - strange behaviour
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:26 pm 
The phenomenon is called "pica", don't know why, but quite well documented in Kruger.


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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe - strange behaviour
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Many different animals will use sources for calcium and other minerals. i.e.: Tortoises - eat hyena dung. Porcupines, gnaw on bones. Pica is actually a disorder, while osteophage is the term used for the normal behavioural trait.

Many animals will eat dirt, for the minerals they can secure in this way. But not just any dirt. They will go there where a specific source of the desired mineral is available. Animals known to do this include giraffe, elephant and a variety of antelope. This is called geophage.


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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe Eating Bones
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Dear Tim I have also seen this strange behaviour.

In Andy and Tinker's Map and Guide book of Pilanesberg. Giraffe are predominantly browsers, feeding off leaves, but they do graze and they are also known to suck and chew bones from which they get their Calcium and other minerals. Other animals like porcupines are known to do this too. This unusual behaviour is called Osteophagia.

Warthogs are often seen eating fresh elephant dung. Elephants do not digest their food very well and in this way warthogs receive a nutrient rich meal. This practice is called coprophagia.

Here is one of my pics of a Giraffe practising this unusual behaviour.

http://s1178.photobucket.com/albums/x371/peteralanbartlett/
Hope you find the above interesting. Regards Mama Faru.


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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe Eating Bones
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Other animals does it also..................

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe Eating Bones
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Here are the pics Dad.

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe
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This photo of a giraffe was taken close to Berg-en-Dal in the Kruger National Park.

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The name Giraffe is derived from the Arab word 'Xirapha', which means 'one who walks very fast'.

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 Post subject: Re: Giraffe
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Giraffes drinking water at Nhlanguleni picnic spot in the Kruger National Park.

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The Giraffe has equal number of cervical vertebrae as a human being despite its very long neck.

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Giraffes drinking water at Nhlanguleni picnic spot in the Kruger National Park.

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The coat pattern on each giraffe is unique.

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This photo of giraffes was taken close to Lugmagdam in the Kruger National Park.

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The giraffe is one of only two living species of the family Giraffidae, the other being the okapi.

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 Post subject: Girafes, Unusual behavior
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I'm guessing this is a mating behavior? :hmz: though I have never observed it before

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Its probably two males fighting for the attention of the female.

Have a look here for an explanation.

But well captured. :clap:

The first time I saw this it went on for about 45 minutes, I was transfixed and I had no idea what was going on. They only stopped when an elephant came down to the waterhole and chased them off.

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 Post subject: Re: Girafes, Unusual behavior
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Actually it looks to me like two young males playfighting.
If they had been adult and looking to get a female you would see the heads moving at quite a speed, and you really do not want to be hit by them!
This was more looking at the moves one could make. Look at the slightly older one driving them backwards by just looking at them, and then moving a little closer.

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I definitely agree, they are just playing/training for real fight in future..
Fighting is very different- tactically guarding each other and trying attacking in a right second, from time to time strongly & quickly hitting each other by head, pieces of their skin are pulled out, sticks of the trees and bushes around them are being broken by their heads during fight..very impressive view on it..
I saw it during my 1st visit in Kruger in 2003 and took the video as well,
I was very surprised to see giraffes behaving like that too..
I had never seen it before..

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