By Charlotte Regen
A GIRAFFE has been caught chomping down on a bone – despite being known for its plant based diet.
The animal was spotted picking up and chewing the piece of skeleton by shocked onlookers on safari.
Quinton Paul Josop shot the footage, which was taken at the beginning of February in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa.
He said: “We found three giraffe cows moving slowly out of some dense bush into the open but focusing on something on the ground. As they got closer one female spread her legs slightly and leaned forward to pick up something. As she picked it up I realised it was a bone.
“We, as field guides and trackers, often see giraffe, kudu, nyala and impala picking up bones and chewing on them but this mostly happens in the winter period when its dry and food isn’t rich in minerals these species need.
“The other two giraffes also picked up bones and started chewing. Its funny to watch for the first time because you just don’t expect it! The giraffes bend their head straight up trying to bite as much of the bone fragments off as possible and then spit the bone out before picking it up again.
“We watched this for about 15-20 minutes before moving on.”