While groups of hyena sometimes hunt other animals and take them down for food, a lone hyena is more likely to act as a scavenger, eating the meat of other animals that have died from injuries or that other animals have killed. Other examples of scavengers include vultures, crabs and blowflies.Continue Reading
Many vultures are bald, having no feathers on their head. This adaptation allows them to eat dead animals they find without accumulating on their heads the decaying meat and toxic organisms it contains. Lammergeiers are vultures that survive by eating the bones of dead animals. Their beaks allow them to break open the bones to eat the marrow.
Crabs and lobsters are water-dwelling scavengers. They eat carrion and almost anything else they find at the bottom of the ocean, using their claws to gather their food and bring it to their mouths.
Blowflies are insects that scientists classify as scavengers, even though the animals from which they gather their food are not technically dead. They consume the decaying flesh around the wounds of livestock, even if the animals remain in relatively good health.
With the urbanization of farmland and forests, many animal species convert from hunters to scavengers for survival, eating food from household garbage cans.Learn more about Zoology
Not all animals yawn, if only because many large groups of animals lack the basic anatomy necessary for yawning. Tapeworms, for example, are parasitic animals that absorb nutrients through their skin, according to HowStuffWorks, and therefore lack a mouth.Full Answer >
Names for groups of animals include pods of whales, exaltations of larks, knots of toads, packs of dogs, parliaments of owls and sloths of bears. In addition, cattle, horses and deer are all grouped into herds.Full Answer >
Sperm whales are dedicated carnivores, whose diet is essentially comprised of all meat from various oceanic animals. Around 80 percent of the sperm whale's diet is made up of giant squid, with the remaining 20 percent an eclectic mix of fish, crustaceans and sharks. While the sperm whale's diet can be established with some certainty by examining its stomach contents, the animal hunts at extreme depths and as such (as of 2014), its encounters with giant squid have never been directly observed.Full Answer >
Carnivores are animals that are adapted to eating only meat. They are either predators that hunt and kill their own prey, or scavengers that search for already-dead flesh to consume. Carnivorous animals can be found on land, in water and in the air.Full Answer >