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Why Boars and Warthogs also eats meat ?

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In general the Wild Boars, Warthogs and other member of this family are grass eating, but they also have been filmed eating meat of dead animals hunted by other carnivora. What is the main reason for this behaviour?



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(10-10-2017, 04:55 PM)sanjay Wrote: In general the Wild Boars, Warthogs and other member of this family are grass eating, but they also have been filmed eating meat of dead animals hunted by other carnivora. What is the main reason for this behaviour?




They are omnivorous
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(10-10-2017, 07:58 PM)chaos Wrote: They are omnivorous
Agree, so the bears, but the bears are known as predators. Is there any other animal which is mainly grass eating but consume meat also ?
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@sanjay :

Domestic pigs also are omnivorous.
Do you know the Sicilian Mafia is known to have given some (alive) betrayers to pigs. They were eaten alive by the pigs...

About one particular boss of the mafia:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-...M820131129
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...alive.html

In a general way, about this "custom":

https://listverse.com/2012/04/07/top-10-...ian-mafia/

In these cases, of course, the sickest are the men that gave the victims to the pigs. Sorry if this account is able to disturb some sensitive souls...
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( This post was last modified: 10-11-2017, 12:34 AM by Rishi )

Other than whales, pigs are the only omnivorous ungulate.

There distant relative, the Entelodont or hell-pigs were true omnivores. Hunting, scavenging & carrion feeding, this seven foot tall monsteris called the "Best scavenger​ of the Oligocene".

Terminator pigs: rise of the entelodonts

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It eventually evolved in to a 1ton meat-bone devouring hulk called Daeodon. Size compared to a modern 200kilo capable wild-boar;


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That's when is became susceptable to changes, when it became a (almost carnivorous) megafauna. Extinct by overconfidence...
In the wild, expect the unexpected, as we humans haven't really much clue of what to expect.
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( This post was last modified: 10-11-2017, 09:00 AM by Rishi )

(10-10-2017, 10:31 PM)sanjay Wrote: Agree, so the bears, but the bears are known as predators. Is there any other animal which is mainly grass eating but consume meat also ?

Calling bears as "predators" is a gross misstatement. It's probably done because they are dangerous & have claws-canines.


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Only bear to live a life of a PROPER predator are polar bears, because they have no vegetarian alternative up there.

They are followed by, guess who... the Panda. Apparently, pandas' digestive system is much more well-suited for meat than it is for their main diet, bamboo. 

The only non-veg sloth & sun bears regularly eat is termite. 




The omnivores vary in their percentage of carnivorous diet from species to species. There are vegetarian dominated regions of india where people have their pet dogs on veg. diet, simply because non-veg in not allowed in the households & the dogs are perfectly healthy.
Just google "dog's balanced diet food-pyramid"...

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I'd offered street-dogs meat in Kerela travels...they like coconuts.  Ha Ha
In the wild, expect the unexpected, as we humans haven't really much clue of what to expect.
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