Drinking Water

How does a giraffes get the water from it’s mouth to its stomach 10 or more feet away. According to the article, “How Do Giraffes Drink Water” in Inside Science. A biological plunger pump is used. “In the model proposed by the researchers, the giraffe’s lips form one valve of the “pump” while the animal’s epiglottis, located at the back of the mouth, is the other. To start, the giraffe sinks its puckered lips into the water and then pulls back its jaw, allowing water to rush into the mouth while keeping the epiglottis “valve” closed. Next, the giraffe clenches its lips, relaxes the epiglottis, and pumps its jaw so that the captured water is pushed into the esophagus.” Here is the link to the article: https://www.insidescience.org/news/how-do-giraffes-drink-water

10 Comments on “Drinking Water

  1. Amazing capture of the drinking process! Giraffes are such beautiful animals. I loved the science article, it never occurred to me that drinking would be a challenge!! I’m planning to read “ An Immense World” by Ed Yong with fascinating info about animal’s senses, you might enjoy.

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