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Here’s Why a Giraffe was Dancing Like Kevin Durant While Eating in Viral Video

Have you seen the viral video of a giraffe eating from the ground? If you have, you might have noticed something familiar about its movements. The way it spreads its front legs to lower its long neck and reach the food looks remarkably similar to how Kevin Durant was dancing backstage during his time with the Warriors.

The video of Durant’s dance was captured by his teammate Stephen Curry in 2017 and posted on Instagram. It shows Durant swaying his hips and arms while bending his knees and spreading his legs. The dance looked like it might have been inspired by Michael Jackson, but in hindsight it may have been a Giraffe that fueled it. Perhaps KD was watching some National Geographic before that game.

Back then Durant’s dance became a meme among NBA fans and players, who mocked his awkward moves and compared him to various animals, such as a flamingo, a spider and a giraffe. The giraffe comparison seems especially fitting, given Durant’s height (6’10”) and wingspan (7’5″), as well as his graceful and smooth style of play on the court. Now with this new footage it’s even more fitting.

Why Do Giraffes Spread Their Legs While Eating?

What is the reason behind the giraffe’s peculiar posture when eating from the ground? According to experts, giraffes have to spread their front legs to lower their heads because their necks are too short to reach the ground otherwise. Yes, you read that right. Despite having the longest necks of any living land animal, giraffes still fall short of being able to touch the ground with their mouths without bending their knees or spreading their legs.

This is because giraffes have the same number of neck vertebrae as most other mammals (seven), but each vertebra is much longer and more flexible. However, this lengthening is not enough to compensate for the height of their legs and body, which can reach up to 18 feet. Therefore, giraffes have to adopt an awkward stance to graze on grass or drink water from a pond.

This stance exposes them to predators, such as lions, who can take advantage of their lowered heads and attack them from behind. To prevent this, giraffes usually feed in groups and keep an eye out for each other. They also have powerful kicks that can fend off any attacker. Giraffes can also raise their heads quickly and use their long tongues to pull leaves from high branches, where they are safer from predators.

Next time you watch the video of Durant’s dance or the video of the giraffe eating, you might appreciate the similarities and differences between the two. Both have unique talents and challenges that make them stand out from the crowd, and both can make us laugh with their hilarious moves.

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