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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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 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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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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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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