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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 9 years ago

Are lions actually omnivores(I have heard they eat small amounts of grass and herbs)?

Just like apes are omnivores because they eat small amounts of meat, lions are omnivores because they eat small amounts of herbs.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Lions are what we call "obligate carnivores" since they cannot survive without eating meat. They are unable to obtain certain amino acids from plant proteins. Sorry I don't know the specifics of lion physiology, but in domestic cats they are unable to absorb taurine so perhaps it is the same in lions and other members of the cat family (Felidae).

    "Occasionally, felids ingest grass to help pass fur balls, a by-product of constant grooming. Some genera ingest fruit to help offset water requirements." (see source)

    It is rare for carnivores not to consume plant material, just as on occasion some herbivores will consume animal parts or even prey on smaller animals on rare occasions, possibly when they lack specific nutrients due to environmental conditions. For example I have seen a video clip of a young giraffe chewing on the bones of another animal, and of a hippopotamus chewing on the carcass of an animal. Even the Giant Panda which is the only herbivorous bear and has a highly specialised diet will eat small amounts of meat (about 1% of their diet).

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  • 9 years ago

    Because plants only make up an extremely minuscule part of a lions diet (I'd say not even 1%) and like cats, they eat grasses and other plants to settle their stomachs, they are still considered carnivorous. Some lions in captivity/that are tame have rejected meat and instead follow vegetarian diets. They are the extreme exception not the rule, however.

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  • nickel
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Is A Lion A Carnivore

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  • 9 years ago

    Lions are carnivores. They only eat grass when they have an upset stomach, just like any domestic cat will.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    a lion will sometimes eat plant life for an upset stomach but their diet consist of strictly meat so they are carnivores

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No all wild felines are obligate carnivores.

    They sometimes eat grass to make themselves PUKE. That's the only function it has.

    House cats do the same thing to get rid of hairballs. They go out into the yard, eat grass, then puke up the hairball + grass on your floor.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    lions are definitely carnivores, even if they did eat small amounts of grass.

    house cats are carnivores but they eat grass once in a while to help them puke.

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  • 9 years ago

    Lions are classified as carnivores. But yes, they do eat small amounts of plant matter.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Most of the plant matter eaten by carnivores is the un/partially digested stomach contents of its prey.

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  • ?
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    just like before, take them in an offering, present it in person!

    Mmm human seasoned with fresh herbs, they'd thank you for it ai'm shore!

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