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Amazing photos from the natural world taken this year.
Carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant above and venus fly traps live in soil with a lack of nitrates which are needed to make protein. Theyobtain nitrates by trapping small insects and and slowly digesting them. This pitcher plant trapped a bird which may have fell in as it tried to get an insect floating in the pitcher plants digestive juices. The bird will slowly be digested by the enzymes in the digestive juice.
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Cuckoo’s try to deceive other birds by laying their egg;s in other birds nest and trickign them in to bringing up their young.
However, If the host birds recognises a cuckoo egg, it will push it out of it’s nest.
Read about this evolutionary “arms race” here