Do animals ever carry seeds?

Yes, animals are great seed carriers. They take them from one place to another in their mouths (as does a squirrel preparing for winter), or sometimes seeds stick on their fur or feathers. But most often seeds travel in animals' digestive systems. Some plants grow colorful and tasty fruits, which are really just fleshy seed coverings meant to attract hungry animals. When creatures like birds, bats, raccoons, or bears eat berries and other fruits they usually swallow the seeds whole. Safe inside a hard coating, the seeds pass through unaffected by digestive juices, appearing many hours later in animal waste. The seeds sometimes emerge in places far from their parent plants, in locations better for germination.


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