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Re: Giraffe - strange behaviour

Unread post by Imberbe » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:32 pm

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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Re: Giraffe Eating Bones

Unread post by Mama fariu » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:37 pm

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.

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Re: Giraffe Eating Bones

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:53 pm

Other animals does it also..................

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Re: Giraffe Eating Bones

Unread post by Cody » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:06 pm

Here are the pics Dad.

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Girafes, Unusual behavior

Unread post by ekoppen » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:13 pm

I'm guessing this is a mating behavior? :hmz: though I have never observed it before

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Re: Girafes, Unusual behavior

Unread post by saraf » Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:27 pm

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

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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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Re: Girafes, Unusual behavior

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:23 pm

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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Re: Girafes, Unusual behavior

Unread post by wilddog.prg » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:06 pm

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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Re: Giraffe

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Re: Giraffe

Unread post by Mfezi » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:21 am

I recently saw a photo of a Giraffe lying in the waterhole at Orpen. This was posted on the Webcam forums. Is this normal behaviour for a giraffe? Does it not increase its risk to be taken down by a predator?

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Re: Giraffe

Unread post by Jock » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:51 pm

I saw that too, was worried he had fallen in.
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Re: Giraffe

Unread post by Mfezi » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:37 pm

Jock I suppose that is possible, but for me the animal looks way to relaxed in the water!! That is why I am wondering if this is normal behaviour?? :hmz:

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Re: Giraffe

Unread post by Gilbertr14 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:59 pm

Giraffe do lie down to rest.

I will post a pic as soon as I find it of one snoozing on our last trip.

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Re: Giraffe

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:31 pm

We saw this Giraffe in June in Kruger chewing or sucking a piece of bone and practicing what they call Osteophagia.

This activity occurs mainly in the dry seasons or winter months when trace elements such as calcium and phosphorus that they get from the bones is not readily available in their normal plant diets.
They resort to this alternative resource to complement their intake.
Kudu is another species known to do this.

(Info taken from Beat about the Bush Mammals by Trevor Carnaby.)

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