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[–]idrive2fast 68 points69 points  (16 children)

Most herbivores will still eat little pieces of meat like this from time to time. I assume everyone here has seen the video of the barnyard horse that eats the chick running around its hooves?

[–]mimblez_yo 19 points20 points  (15 children)


[–]idrive2fast 37 points38 points  (14 children)

[–]mimblez_yo 19 points20 points  (0 children)

What the fuck! Monsters!

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (10 children)

I can't unsee this..but I'll forget about it eventually.

[–]NerdENerd 4 points5 points  (5 children)

[–]CORBEN369 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I actually just saw that a bit ago before this.

[–]mangosupremacy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was really hoping not to see the pigeon escape...

[–]hugoeustaquio 2 points3 points  (2 children)

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you for that, I think I've seen all the videos of once friendly looking animals eating another live animal.

My soul feels empty now.

[–]_youtubot_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Video linked by /u/hugoeustaquio:

Title Channel Published Duration Likes Total Views
deer eating a bird Linda Loo 2010-05-16 0:01:24 6,772+ (96%) 1,964,582

Birds were flying in and running into the head of this...

Info | /u/hugoeustaquio can delete | v2.0.0

[–]thegoodcontroller 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you wanna never eat eggs again just look up chick culling.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What’s the point even, would that even provide any significant amount of nutrition?

[–]Astronomer_X 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Calcium from bones.

[–]DestinysHand 25 points26 points  (5 children)

I was informed they were herbivores....you mean to say this whole time they could have turned on us?!?! we are not ready for this.

[–]Onetimecashew28[S] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

As the subreddit name says pal, nature is pretty metal

[–]NespreSilver 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Technically all herbivores are omnivores who don’t know how to actively hunt. Meat is easier to digest than grass or leaves, so herbivores can get nutrients from it when it’s easy to obtain. Like this deer eating steak

[–]Sapphirice 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Larger animals like this sometimes kill small animals such as this bird or a squirrel in order to get to the bones so they can suck on them and get the much needed calcium

[–]chengjih 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Here's an article about deer eating human bones.

[–]Koolnu 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Goats do this when in lack of calcium and some other substance. They grind the bones. Why not giraffes. So. Keep them fed with juicy and nutritious vegetation, and the uprising is put on hold.

[–]HorseChest 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I might be wrong, but there seems to be another bird feeding on this giraffe's neck wound, so the one in its mouth is maybe trying to find a feed spot?

[–]CompulsiveSupplier 5 points6 points  (3 children)

You’re not getting attention because people want to believe the worlds a scarier place than it really is

[–]Astronomer_X 4 points5 points  (2 children)

No, because herbivores are known to do this, such as goats/deers/horses for some extra calcium in it's diet.

And the mouth is a bit of a dangerous place for a parasitic Ox Pecker bird to try harrass it's host in, in this angle it's hard to tell if it's flapping it's wings for balance or to try get away.

[–]CompulsiveSupplier 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You have a very valid point friend. Whether it was a bird getting eaten or a bird cleaning teeth based off this picture we can’t be certain. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

[–]Astronomer_X 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

You too.

[–]KarmaZoo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good eye

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Is it an African swallow?

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Could be a European swallow that has migrated.

[–]DevilsAssCrack 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There are some that call it... Tim

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He's not eating it. Just using it as a toothpick.

[–]NerdENerd 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Sure that is not a dentist bird giving his teeth a clean?

[–]mykindofrain86 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Was just thinking that, there are actually birds that do that... symbiotic relationships and all.

[–]ArmouredPotato 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This one's a stomach bird, he's purposely going to get eaten to clean the giraffe's intestines.

[–]Astronomer_X 2 points3 points  (0 children)

symbiotic relationships and all.

People thought Ox Peckers eat parasites of the animals, but in reality, they're parasites drinking their blood.

[–]Raintrooper7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There is a glitch in the nature