The natural world is full of some wonders, let me tell you. Even within the borders of the United States, there’s such diversity in the landscape. You’ve got deserts, prairies, marshes, mountains, rivers, streams, etc. The list goes on. We share these stunning places with a wide variety of animal life too. At the end of the day, though, wildlife can get a little unpredictable. Nature can go from X-rated to heavy metal in the blink of an eye. Just ask these two giraffes. One of them went full-on WWE, suplexing his rival male in the battle for a mate’s attention. Here’s how it went down.
This Giraffe Squabble is Neck and Neck
Giraffes boast the title of the tallest living terrestrial animals on this planet. Apparently, the tallest one ever recorded measured over 18.5 feet tall and the Australian Zoo verified this information back in December of 2019. The footage of these two heckling herbivores actually comes about a year prior to that. The video has racked up approximately 4 million views since its initial 2018 release now that it found the viral video community online. Check it out:
The video reportedly comes from a South African tour guide who says he’s never seen anything like it. He tells reporters:
“I’ve been a guide in Kariega for 11 years and I have never had such a sighting like this,” details Wayne Howarth. The 31-year-old then goes on to say the events captured at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa have to do with courtship. The guide says that the two males got into the brawl fighting over a “female who was coming into oestrus.” That latter term is just another word for a female’s “heat” cycle.
It’s a brawl where anything goes and its beginning seems to show two well-matched opponents. By the end of it, however, there is a clear victor.
All About Their Drool
Nat Geo WILD did a deep-dive special on giraffes back in 2012. One of the most interesting segments from this special actually focused on something particularly strange: giraffe drool. Their tongues are massive coming in right around 18-inches. Apparently, a special drool coats these massive runways to help them devour one of their tastiest treats. Without the evolved adaptation, they would probably starve. This is because their favorite leaves are often covered in thick thorns and even a tiny amount of poison.
Other things they have to worry about? Fire ants. Apparently, these nasty little buggers hang out on the thorns and then make their way inside the grazers’ mouths where they unleash their awful sting. But what’s a giraffe to do when their bodies necessitate that they eat for up to 20 hours a day? They don’t get the title of “weirdest grazer on the planet” for nothing.
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