A Giraffe Doing The Splits For a Drink From a Watering Hole

A Giraffe Doing The Splits For a Drink From a Watering Hole

A thirsty giraffe appeared to be doing the splits in order to get a drink from a watering hole.

The adult male, which roams freely at Zimanga Nature Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, was spotted having a slurp at a man-made dam designed to blend into the environment.

Due to his long neck, the 15ft-tall giraffe had to awkwardly shuffle his front legs to lower his body enough to get close to the water source.

The images were captured by photographer Steve Roos, who was able to lie down on the ground just metres in front of the long-limbed animal.

The private game reserve has around ten wildlife-rich hides which are specifically adapted for photographers to snap away without causing distress in the majestic beasts’ natural habitat.

The dam is supplemented with water from within the hide as the animals drink or splash it out while taking a bath.

Giraffes are extremely vulnerable while drinking as they have to get down into a crouching position. This means getting up quickly in the event of danger is not easy.

Fortunately, giraffes only need to drink once every few days as they can get most of their water from the plants they eat.

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