Drinking giraffes are always an exquisite sight to see! This giraffe, however, was even more extraordinary, due to the fact that it can never properly drink because water keeps falling out! This unbelievable sighting happened on the Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger.
28-Year old field guide, Eben Rhode was fortunate to witness this absolutely insane moment and shared the story with LatestSightings.com:
“On this specific afternoon, we were actually awaiting a pride of lions at this water hole. They did not show, but instead, this male giraffe graced us with his beauty. At first, nothing seemed unusual as dominant bulls would move alone for the most part of their lives. So we decided to spend time with a drinking giraffe which would later become such a special and rare once-in-a-lifetime moment for us.”
“Emotions were running high as we didn’t know whether to be sad or just observe nature at that moment. We couldn’t believe that an animal that must be in so much pain, still has the power and resilience to fight and survive after getting dealt a blow in life.”
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“In my personal opinion, the giraffe got that hole in its face possibly due to an abscess. I believe I saw this animal not far from the lodge I work at. I remember one day I saw puss dropping from it, indicating that it burst…” But again, you never know when it comes to Mother Nature.
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“I have been actively guiding for about 7 years now, but this moment was just WOW to me – something that one doesn’t always get to see. How animals can always defy the odds without interference and that they will find a way to survive and come out stronger on the other side.”
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