Herbivores sometimes consume bone material. This is called Osteophagy. Chewing bones allows animals to supplement phosphorus and calcium.
The body of the Giraffe needs this mineral and this metal to maintain the bone structure and help with many biological processes including energy metabolism, protein synthesis, and lactation.
So if you see a Giraffe chewing a bone it does not mean it has turned into a carnivore, it just takes supplements!
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Very interesting Christian! Thanks for sharing!