biology question #2062



Marc Baldwin, a 21 year old male from the Internet asks on April 23, 2004,

Q:

In their book on the 'Mammals of Britain and Europe', MacDonald and Barrett state that Red Foxes (_Vulpes vulpes_) will sometimes cache the heads of domestic fowl (primarily chickens) separate from their bodies. This got me wondering why they might do this. Are brains 'extra' nutritious foodstuffs that nead special attention? I'm aware that several nations indulge in brain-eating (e.g. Somoans eat roasted pig brains) and that some monkeys eat the brains of their kin. Does brain tissue have more to offer -- from a nutritional point-of-view -- than the more commonly consumed somatic muscle and fatty tissues?

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