Giraffe’s huge bodies need a substantial skeleton to keep them upright. Their big bones need calcium and phosphorus to remain healthy. Unfortunately, a giraffe’s diet which consists of leaves from trees and shrubs lacks these essential nutrients for good a healthy bone density.
To supplement these missing nutrients, giraffes will pick up a bone and start chewing on it. By sucking and chewing on the bone, the giraffe can extract small quantities of the bones nutrients.
This phenomenon is called osteophagia and means “feeding on bone”. The bones are never swallowed. They are simply dropped once the giraffe has satisfied its craving for these nutrients. 🦒
📸: Lalibela guest – Jiten Shah