When a shortage of certain minerals shows up in her animals, She finds a way for them to get what they need! It may not be pretty, but you can bet it's effective!
The Isle of Rum, off the west coast of Scotland, is home to only about 20 people. And some bloodthirsty deer. The diet of the Scottish Red Deer is the stuff of nightmares; they dine on the heads and limbs of baby seabirds. For some time, it was a mystery what was mutilating the Manx shearwater chicks of Rum, until the deer were observed chewing on them. It is believed this chilling adaptation has been adopted by the deer to make up for a mineral deficiency in their diet, the bones of the birds likely giving them some desperately needed calcium. The phenomenon remains under investigation.
I like the idea of living on an island with only 20 folks in residence, but the idea of meat eating deer running around makes me more than a little nervous, if you know what I mean!
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. We had some thunderstorms over night, and the patio is pretty wet.