Osteophagy is the practice in which animals, usually herbivores, consume bones in order to supplement their calcium and phosphorus intake.


Osteophagy is the practice in which animals, usually herbivores, consume bones in order to supplement their calcium and phosphorus consumption.

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  1. Crosspost from r/HardcoreNature

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    Giraffes are a well known example of this behavior. While leaves usually serve as a sufficient source of these nutrients, calcium and phosphorus concentrations in the leaves vary seasonally with rainfall; the giraffes’ osteophagic behavior has been observed to parallel this variance in mineral concentration.

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