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8:39 am on Sep 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This one really creeped me out. On the National Geographic Channel, I watched a documentary about these Scottish deer who are supplementing their diet by killing and eating small birds. They had actual videos of this creepy change in behavior.

Bambi, where did we fail you?

National Geographic Story [news.nationalgeographic.com]

12:23 pm on Sept 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Creepy. I didn't find the video, though.
12:30 pm on Sept 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Weird. What the article didn't make clear (or maybe I missed it) is what caused the need for a supplemental diet in the first place? If this is a change in behaviour then there must be a corresponding change in environment. Climate change or something?

I couldn't find the video either... probably just as well!

10:20 pm on Sept 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If I remember correctly, I think they are doing it for the calcium in the bones. It has been documented in sheep stuck on islands with mineral deficient soil.

You guys ever seen cannibalistic gophers? That is even more gross.

4:39 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Occasionally on my property, I see animals consuming things I wouldn't expect them eat.
They are sick and desperate and very dangerous to approach.
8:10 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wildlife film director Jacqueline Farmer said, "This behavior has never been filmed before. Hopefully the footage will form part of a documentary we're making about the way animals use natural medicines."
8:45 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I thought they said in the article it was due to the increased need for clacium that is caused by the growth of antlers; I heard of antilopes that eat limestone sands for the same reason.
9:24 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Squirrels are at it too..

[news.bbc.co.uk...]

9:46 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Animals keep evolving. Very soon, expect deer to chase you up a tree.
10:06 am on Sept 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Very interesting - Does anyone have any more stories on this topic? I think it really is interesting some of the things that are happening!