Why Do Giraffes Spread Their Legs When Drinking Water

How do Giraffes get water up that long neck?

Giraffes

Giraffes, the tallest animals on earth, seem to pump water up their long necks, a new study says.

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(Inside Science) — The giraffe’s neck has several benefits and drawbacks. When the animal bends down to take a drink, it must spread out its front limbs and lower its head to the water’s surface. How a giraffe, the tallest mammal on Earth, pushes water up its long neck to reach her stomach has been a mystery. Now, a new study suggests that using a basic device known as a plunger pump may help.

Last year, Philippe Binder was sitting on a tour bus in Namibia’s Etosha National Park when he noticed a giraffe drinking from a neighboring watering hole.