Posts tagged ‘Scavenger’

Why do dogs bury bones?

Dog

When a dog buries a bone, it is probably following an age-old habit of burying food for safekeeping.

The ancestors of dogs were wild animals that lived outside.  These animals had to hunt for their food.

They often buried the food they could not finish eating in a meal, hiding it from scavengers.

This also enabled the wild dogs to have a leftovers for a future meal.  Modern house dogs are still born with this instinct to bury food, even though it is no longer necessary.   When burying a bone, a dog digs the hole with its front feet, but covers the bone with its nose.–Dick Rogers

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What is a sea gull?

Around the seacoast there is probably no bird more familiar than the sea gull.

It is a large, long-winged bird with mostly white feathers.  Its graceful soaring and wheeling flight makes the sea gull a pleasure to watch.

Sea gulls have webbed feet and often alight on the water to feed or rest.  They float and swim easily, often roosting on the waves.

Sea Gull

Sea gulls are the scavengers of the seashore.  A sea gull will eat almost any kind of food it can swallow.  Its favorite food is garbage.

Sea gulls often follow ships for many miles, eagerly swooping down upon any garbage that is thrown overboard.  Large flocks congregate in harbors where there are plenty of floating scraps of food to eat.

Besides garbage, sea gulls eat fish and will even rob the nests of other birds for eggs.

Thousands of sea gulls will often be found nesting on the same island or rock cliff. – Dick Rogers