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Giraffe eating behaviour

12 April 2016

 

The giraffe is a selective, concentrate browser, but it will at times eat young, sprouting grasses and is attracted by salt licks. When a giraffe is standing, its neck is not long enough to reach the salt bending down. Just as they must when drinking water, a giraffe needs to spread their front legs wide apart to reach the salt licks on the ground with their mouth. This places the giraffe in a very vulnerable position because it may not see other animals such as predators approaching. If a lion jumps on a giraffe´s neck while bending down, the lion´s weight will push the giraffe down to the floor into a helpless position... (Become a subscriber for more)

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