Osteophagia, bone chewing giraffe

Sighting at the Balule Private Nature Reserve

At the Balule Private Nature Reserve, I had a great sighting of a bone chewing giraffe.

It was June and winter had fallen on South Africa. I was exploring the Balule Private Nature Reserve, now part of the Greater Kruger National Park. One morning, I arrived at a scene with two giraffe and noticed that one was busy chewing. Whatever it was chewing on was not at all visible. Having previously observed giraffe chewing on bones, I was hopeful of capturing better images of this behaviour. During the winter months and with sufficient luck, this behaviour can be observed near old kill sites. I kept my eye glued to the viewfinder and my finger on the shutter-release button. The giraffe raised it's head and spat out the bone, allowing me to capture the moment perfectly.

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About the Balule Private Nature Reserve

Balule is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It used to be farmland. In the 1990s, farm owners dropped their game fences between their farms. Eventually the fences between the Kruger National Park and Balule were dropped as well.

Sequence of the giraffe chewing and spitting out the bone

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