A great capture of the water flick as a urgently raises its head from drinking by @safariwithsafwanah. The neck is of course the standout feature this amazing animal but perhaps surprisingly it contains the same number of vertebrae as a human’s neck but the bones are simply much larger. What is different is that the giraffe is unique in having an organ at the base of its skull that regulates blood flow into the brain. This is because a giraffe has a very strong heart and high blood pressure to push blood flow all the way up that neck, but when the animal drinks, gravity would cause a major overflow of blood into the head - the special organ steps in here and stops the giraffe from fainting! Drinking nevertheless remains a dangerous activity for a giraffe - the position it is forced to adopt due to its long legs leaves it vulnerable to attack and slow to escape if needed. Watch a giraffe at a waterhole and count just how many checks it makes of the surrounds before indulging. .
We love Kruger National Park in South Africa and wanted to start this #krugerexplorer community to feature park visitors' photographs and stories.
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Photo by @safariwithsafwanah .
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