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7 Animals With Unusual Eating Habits


Starfish Let Their Tummies Hang Out

“My stomach’s churning” is something we say when we feel sick. For starfish , it’s quite the opposite. They eat by moving their stomachs outside their bodies. After it’s caught a mussel with its suckers, it fills it with digestive juices and patiently waits for the egg timer to go off. After a few hours, the mussel is “done”, and is soft enough to slurp up. Bon appetit ...

Starfish Starfish - Photo: Pawe? Borówka/Shutterstock


African Penguins Would Climb Mountains for Food

The African penguin swims up to 24.8 miles (40 km) a day to fill its belly. If they’re really hungry, they can even do over 62 miles (100 km). There’s hardly any other animal in the animal kingdom that would travel so far.

African Penguin African Penguin - Photo: Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock


Hyenas Eat Anything

Hyenas are like living garbage disposals. As skilled hunters, they are able to bring down even large animals. They also finish off other animals’ leftovers or steal from lions. Life in the savanna is hard, so hyenas have learned to eat quickly and use every little bit of a kill. They don’t just eat the meat, but also most bones. They even eat hooves, horns and hair. These are then regurgitated after being pressed solid.

Hyena Hyena - Photo: gualtiero boffi/Shutterstock

Just one more thing:

Animals That Have More Than One Stomach

Cows, sheep, goats, giraffes and camels don’t just have one stomach, but four. As soon as they come across something edible, they quickly gobble down all they can. After all, there could be a predator nearby. Once they’re “home”, or in a safe place, they chew. And they take their time.

Goat Goat - Photo: Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock


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