Breakfast beetles

With a sense of smell much more acute than that of humans, banded mongooses can literally sniff out their prey. On the menu for breakfast this morning, are rhinoceros beetles, which bury themselves underground during the day. However, the mob has got finding these breakfast beetles down to a fine art. Breaking into their tough shells is a skill the adults have mastered, but unfortunately some of the youngsters still have a lot to learn. Even identifiying what is and isn't a beetle can be a challenge! When beetles are plentiful the banded mongooses can happily spend the morning gorging themselves on them, piling on the pounds and storing up the energy for lean times ahead.

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