Millions of viewers have been laughing at a video of a ‘majestic’ giraffe eating grass.
Social media users were left in awe since Daniel Holland shared a video of the giraffe jumping into a split to eat the grass, and then back up again to chew.
At the moment, the video clocked in more than nine million views. “I have always wondered how giraffe’s eat grass, but this is majestic!” Holland said. Since the video went viral, other social media users posted videos of giraffe’s eating or drinking water, but none has been as funny as this acrobatic giraffe.
“So cool but it looks hilarious,” one social media users said on Twitter. “It’s like a dance move of some sorts. I fed one and I must say they are so cute and elegant… long legs and lovely lashes – no need for mascara.”
“Every day is leg day!” said another.
“This is so new and interesting… I always seen them eat from trees [sic].”
“A giraffe doing jumping jacks? So cute!”
It is reported that a giraffe often rest while standing up, but new research shows that they lie down more often than previously thought.
When lying down, they fold their legs under their body but mostly keeping their necks held high. A giraffe has been known to continue browsing and ruminating in this resting position.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of a giraffe is its long neck. The neck has several important roles and specific functions namely for feeding or for an elaborate ritualized fight called ‘necking’.
They repeatedly swing their long neck to deliver powerful head-butts to their rival’s body and underbelly. A reinforced skull usually absorbs the impact of these blows, but occasionally an animal is knocked unconscious and very rarely even dies during such a fight.