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Non-scavengers (was T.rex)



Derek Tearne wrote:

<Is there any predator that *doesn't* scavenge when it can?>

Wild cheetahs will almost never scavenge dead prey, even if it has
only just been killed and is still fresh. In fact, cheetahs can have a
hard time bringing down prey if it does not attempt to run. I've seen
footage of a cheetah approaching young antelope fawns that do not
seem to realise the danger and don't run. The cheetah looked perplexed
and didn't quite know what to do. Apparently the accepted proceedure
is to chase, trip, and choke. Cheetahs, being sticklers for proceedure,
don't seem to like prey breaking with tradition.  :)

Of course, captive cheetahs have to learn to take dead meat or they
starve to death, so perhaps in the wild they may occasionally resort
to scavenging during hard times, but it does not seem to be part of
their usual behaviour. 

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