While animals do not have the wide variety of utensils or tools we employ in our culinary culture, that doesn’t mean they are limited by technique. In fact, based on circumstance, natural ability or survival instinct, some animals have some really interesting eating habits, making them heralded connoisseurs of their realm. A few of them even exhibit habits similar to that of humans. Here are five of such animals:
Interestingly enough, anteaters are named for their distinctive eating method, which many people think involves using their snouts like vacuum cleaners to catch ants. However, their snouts are actually a pair of jaws, rather than the long noses people normally mistake them for. It is actually the extendable tongue that anteaters use to collect the ants, rather than the “nose.” The tongue of an anteater is typically two feet long, with glue-like saliva that makes catching ants much easier. Hard growths inside the mouth crush the insects, and some animal experts contend that some anteaters swallow small stones for the continuation of the crushing process in their stomachs.
While the anteater for its food catching mechanism, the burying beetle is named for its food preparation method. It feeds on small dead animals like birds or rodents, which it covers in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oral secretions meant to slow down the decaying process. Then the beetle digs a hole for storing the carcass, lining the site with the dead animal’s fur or feathers. Thus, the burying beetle technique is similar to that of humans: it keeps its food fresh while keeping bacteria away.
The Egyptian vulture also known as the White Scavenger Vulture or Pharaoh’s Chicken is not blessed with a sense of smell. However, this bird manages to get beyond its lack of a nose by relying on its eyes. Soaring in the sky, it easily spots and dives for things otherwise rejected or avoided by both man and animal, eating discarded food products, rotting fruit and vegetables, and even feces. Another strange fact: the Egyptian vulture bears the distinction as being the only bird on earth that eats eggs, which it cracks open by tossing rocks at them.
Compared with the Egyptian vulture, the Japanese macaque is an animal highly picky with its cuisine. Although the monkey has a very diverse palate plants, insects and fruits it actually washes its food before eating it. That’s an act that any human being with a sense of decency would approve.
This deep-sea cephalopod is scientifically named Vampyroteuthis infernalis “vampire squid from hell” for a reason: it possesses cape-like webbing between its arms, skin that appears black, and reddish eyes. Unlike its siblings of the squid and octopus family, the vampire squid lives in areas of the ocean with low oxygen saturation. To cope with such a suffocating atmosphere, it feeds on dead matter, instead of the live prey that its relatives hunt. This dead material is termed “marine snow:” particles of animal remains, organisms, and excrement that shower from above and possess surprisingly high nutritional value. The vampire squid extends a single filament to accumulate morsels of food with its short stiff hairs. Then it collects the accumulation with its arms, covers it in mucus from its suckers, and transports it to its mouth.
This article was written by Travis Guerrero, a health and nutrition expert who hopes to help you live a healthier life. He writes this on behalf of Hay for Sale, your number one choice when looking for great hay online to buy or sell. Check out their website today and see how they can help you!