Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Top 10 herbivores you want to avoid

The last few posts have focused on herbivores, particularly the large mammalian kind.

Herbivores are vegetarians and are generally peaceful and avoid fighting, but they are large and well-armed. Don't get between them and their food, mates, or kids -- in times of mating competition or when threatened, they are forces to be reckoned with!

Here are some of the herbivores you should avoid bumping into or otherwise annoying:

  • Hippopotamus
  • White-lipped peccary
  • Elephant
  • Cape buffalo
  • Wild boar
  • Rhinoceros
  • Cassowary
  • Gorilla
  • American bison
  • Gelada baboon

gelada baboons, the only primates that eat grass,
bear their teeth when fighting
but not while grazing! They grab the grass with their fingers as we would.

This suspenseful BBC Life of Mammals video, with David Attenborough narrating, shows some of our herbivore heroes in action -- enjoy!

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