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Awesome ‘Possum
πŸ“Έ by @georgegarrettphotography

Juvenile bald eagle claims a dead opossum.

Opossums are the only marsupials found in the US or Canada. They are scavengers, so they depend on leftovers via larger animals. Coincidentally, so do bald eagles.

Juveniles especially, as they are still in the process of honing their hunting skills. A free meal is hard to pass up when your only other option is to locate, hunt down, murder and consume something to quell your hunger pain.

In writing this, I’ve come to a realization: most humans are scavengers. There’s no science behind this beyond the simple arithmetic I’ve done in my head, but if you think about it, the vast majority of us rely on other people doing the dirty work for us.

How many people can say that they kill/grow what they eat? The answer is very few. The rest of us rely on outside forces to feed us. Same as the opossum, same as the eagle to a certain extent.

Before you light your torches, keep in mind that this is a very rough correlation I’m making, the impracticality of every human household hunting their own food is absolutely preposterous when you think about the sheer number of people alive today.

But it does make me think.


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