One creature’s meal is another’s pain in the butt

kelp gulls and fur seal pups

Kelp gulls eat the feces of fur seal pups infected with hookworms, sometimes wounding the poor pups in their efforts to obtain a meal, a new study reveals.

M. Seguel et al./Royal Society Open Science 2017

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