Mark Wilson asked:
There are people in the world who do not like the taste of seafood. Others don't like sweets. Still others avoid bitter or sour foods. We all have different tastes. I am curious however about the rest of the animals on planet Earth. Are there panda bears who don't like bamboo? Are there sharks who avoid seafood? Do some lions dislike gazelle meat? Or are humans the only picky eaters?
San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Ginny - Well, there are animals who are very fussy. For example, pandas only live off bamboo, so they’ll only eat that one thing, but I think what he was really asking is whether there are animals like humans where certain individuals do and don’t like particular foods. And when I looked into this, I found many more reports of this in pet animals than in wild animals. So there are lots of people out there who report cats who will only eat one brand of cat food and dogs who leave certain bits of their kibble. So, I was thinking it may be that we notice it more in pets than in wild animals because we spend more time with them or it may be something that only happens when food is plentiful. So, you can imagine that even a child who hates broccoli, if it was the only thing available for them to eat, they'd probably eat it. So it could be that picky eaters only really exist when there's plenty of food around.
Come interview my cat !....she'll confirm that humans are not the only fussy eaters ! neilep, Wed, 19th Sep 2012
Yep, and my tortoises can be very fussy, as can Woody the Wood Pigeon. Throw out the wrong bread for him and he wont eat it. Don_1, Wed, 26th Sep 2012
I've noticed that the neighborhood deer have all the wild food they can eat. But, prefer to come into my yard and eat from my garden and orchard. I've seen them standing on 2 feet to pick apples off of the trees.
Don and I get a pigeon...Clifford gets deer !!
Apples evolved to taste good before people were about to be fussy.
neilep, Thu, 27th Sep 2012
I heard that mice/rats are picky eaters - when presented with a novel food, they will just nibble it.
A number of animals will "sample" foods. Then eat what they like best.