Human fasting affects hyena diets too?

In a fun/crazy study, scientists showed that when human diets change, like when fasting for Lent, so too do other animals’ diets – like Spotted Hyenas! “Before Lent, 14.8% of hyena droppings contained donkey hairs, during Lent this increased to 33.1%, falling again to 22.2% once the fast was over.” According to the scientists, “Our study shows a remarkable change in the hyenas’ diet — we found that hyenas around Mekelle (Lent) mainly scavenge waste from butchers and households but during fasting donkeys provided an alternative food source.”

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