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Organ eating pattern of wild animals

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 19, 2011 at 3:17 AM

When wild, meat-eating animals make a kill, what organs do they most prefer to eat? Does a single animal, say, prefer liver one day, but then specifically goes for heart the next, and yet another organ on another day? Or do they have a hierarchy of organ preference that they always will attempt to eat, in order from most to lest preferred, till satiety is reached? Do organ eating patterns or preferences vary much across species? Etc?

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yeah, I'd read about that guy, interesting

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Love this question. Wish I had asked it!

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on January 31, 2011
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The alpha wolf claims liver, heart, and kidneys, these being 'prime pieces of meat', according to a guy who lived with wolves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S39KPP_z0Y and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sExKOJ3BT9Q

"Wolves typically commence feeding by consuming the larger internal organs of their prey, such as the heart, liver, lungs and stomach lining. The kidneys and spleen are eaten once they are exposed, followed by the muscles." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_wolf

Also from the wiki page, "Wolves suffering from tapeworms may deliberately forego eating fresh meat in favour of putrified flesh, in order to rid themselves of the parasites."

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

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on January 31, 2011
at 10:41 AM

yeah, I'd read about that guy, interesting

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on January 19, 2011
at 03:22 AM

This link might be a good start for you... hopefully!

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Wild-Animals-705/Wild-animals-preference-organ.htm

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