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Re: herbivore <----> carnivore
- To: dinosaur
- Subject: Re: herbivore <----> carnivore
- From: rowe (Mickey Rowe)
- Date: Fri, 4 Mar 1994 11:49:07 -0500
- In-reply-to: <01H9KLMAMU42000OZH@GW.AGR.CA> (message from Scott on Fri, 4 Mar 1994 11:36:22 -0500)
Scott Horton writes:
>I don't want to dwell on this topic, so this will be my last comment. It seems
>to me that diet is so strongly programmed in a species instinct that it would
>starve rather than try some other food. ...
I think this will be my last statement (or rather pointer) on the
topic as well. There is a range of specialization/generalization in
the feeding behavior of animals, and the koala may be at the extreme
end. However, since you ask about hearsay and "carnivory" in deer:
Furness, R.W (1988). "Predation on ground-nesting seabirds by island
populations of red deer Cervus elaphus and sheep Ovis",
_J. Zool._ 216(3) 565-573.
This is a summary that a friend of mine wrote about the article:
] To summarize very briefly, sheep and deer were observed biting
] off the legs, wings or heads of unfledged Arctic terns and/or manx
] shearwater chicks. "Killing of birds and selective ingestion of
] bone-rich parts by ruminants is presumed to be a response to mineral
] deficiensies in the vegetation which may only occur in rare situations
] where ruminants feed on mineral-deficient vegetation where there are
] dense colonies of ground nesting birds.
I'm sorry I said goats before when I meant sheep.
Mickey Rowe (firstname.lastname@example.org)