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WATCH | Meet the giraffe who can’t really drink much water

Business Insider SA

Footage of a giraffe trying to drink water – but battling to do so as a result of a hole in its cheek – has been captured and shared with wildlife website LatestSightings.

The giraffe was seen at a river on the Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park.

Field guide Eben Rhode, who witnessed the moment, believes that the giraffe had a hole in its cheek as a result of a burst abscess.

Giraffes are known for their 1.8-metre long necks, markings and long eyelashes.

They have the highest blood pressure among land mammals – and special valves in their heads to make sure they don't pass out when leaning over to drink water.

Africa's giraffe population has dropped by almost 40 percent in the past 30 years.

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