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Photographer Captures Hilarious Pictures Of Giraffe Doing The Splits To Get Water

Photographer Captures Hilarious Pictures Of Giraffe Doing The Splits To Get Water

If you don't look like this giraffe when you're picking your keys up at the front door after a night out, have you really had a good evening? Arguably not...

The thirsty (and flexible) fella appears to do the splits in order to get a drink from a watering hole in this striking image.

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On the lookout for a bev. Credit: SWNS
On the lookout for a bev. Credit: SWNS

Photographer Steve Roos was able to lay down on the ground just metres in front of the long-limbed animal to capture the incredible moment.

Because of its long neck, the giraffe had to awkwardly shuffle its front legs legs to lower its body enough to get close to the water source.

The giraffe, which stands at around 15 feet appears to almost be doing the splits with its hind legs to be able to lower its head.

Here it is. Credit: SWNS
Here it is. Credit: SWNS
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The adult male, who roams freely at Zimanga Nature Reserve in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, was pictured taking a drink from a man-made dam that is designed to blend into the environment.

The private game reserve has around 10 wildlife-rich hides which are specifically adapted for photographers to snap away without causing distress in their natural habitat - one of which was used to snap these fantastic pics.

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Fortunately, giraffes only need to drink once every few days as they can get most of their water from the plants they eat.

Ahhhh, that's better. Credit: SWNS
Ahhhh, that's better. Credit: SWNS

There's no denying it, this is a pretty daft giraffe but it's flexible - just like this unusually agile elephant that clambered over a five-foot wall in a bid to swipe some mangoes. Fair play.

The guests of Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, had just left for their afternoon safari drive when the creature paid an unexpected visit.

The lodge's general manager Ian Salisbury, 68, spotted the adult male bull elephant calculating how to haul its four giant legs over the stone wall without falling over.

Hilarious photos captured by Ian show the giant mammal hitching its legs over the wall in the same way a human might traverse the obstacle.

Over you go. Credit: Kennedy News and Media/The Bushcamp Company
Over you go. Credit: Kennedy News and Media/The Bushcamp Company

And as it wandered into camp, Andy Hogg - managing director of The Bushcamp Company which owns the lodge - videoed the giant creature's brief but unsuccessful hunt for fruit.

Ian, originally from Bacup, Lancashire, said: "He just chose the most direct route and made himself right at home. The guests were very amused at the idea of a climbing elephant. They were in amazement that it would bother to climb over such a high wall.

"They were out on a safari drive in the National Park at the time, so were sorry to have missed seeing it [in person]."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]