Mystery Solved: Why Gorillas Eat Rotting Wood

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After observing mountain gorillas in Uganda for nearly a year, scientists believe they have discovered why the animals eat decayed wood and lick tree stumps, behaviors that have puzzled primate researchers for decades.

The answer: for the sodium.

  • Gorilla chips!

    Cellulose, salt, and traces of nutrition – sounds like snack food.

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