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9th Jun '16 2:34:24 PM AnotherDuck
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* The aardvark cucumber relies exclusively on the [[ShapedLikeItself aardvark]] to eat it, defecate the seeds and bury it. This is an odd example of an entire plant species relying on a creature that is otherwise an obligate carnivore (or in this case, insectivore.) Aardvarks eat the cucumber for its water content.
* Recent studies actually show that certain theropod dinosaurs (which were originally thought to be all carnivores), namely troodontids, oviraptorosaurs, alvarezsauroids, ornithomimosaurs & therizinosaurs, are actually omnivores (or, in the latter's case, herbivores).
* On the subject of prehistoric animals, some scientists believe this to have been true of tapejarid pterosaurs; not only were almost all pterosaurs ever discovered carnivores, but tapejarids were closely related to the eagle-like thallassodromeids and macropredatorial azhdarchids, making their possible love of fruits and seeds even more bizarre. Other experts, however, believe that tapejarids were more likely to have been omnivores as their beaks don't appear to be specialized for any particular meals.
* The kinkajou is a relative of the raccoon that lives in the rainforests of the Amazon whose diet consists mainly of fruit, despite being classified in the order Carnivora and having sharp teeth.
* The binturong, or bear cat, is an omnivorous animal sometimes compared to a bear (although they are a large civet and are more related to mongooses and cats), whose diets consist mostly of fruit, but will eat eggs and small animals if given the opportunity. It also belongs to the Carnivora order.



** There's also the Fruit-Eating Monitor Lizard. Every other species of monitor lizard is a carnivore, but this recent discovery is, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a fruit-eating monitor lizard]]. It's still unknown how it evolved to eat primarily fruit unlike the other members of its genus.



* All arachnids (spiders, scorpions, ticks, etc.) are carnivorous, with the exception of [[http://www.wired.com/2009/10/vegetarian-spider/ one]]. It likes acacia leaf tips. Another oddity: [[HerbivoresAreFriendly the male cares for his young]]. Some female arachnids are known to make decent mothers, but males are often more interested in eating the spiderlings if they pay attention to them at all.
** It's now known that small or hatchling spiders will drain the nutrient-rich fluids out of pollen grains and fungal spores which get trapped in their webs. In some species of orb weaver, as much as 25% of their dietary intake as spiderlings can come from non-animal sources.
9th Jun '16 2:28:52 PM AnotherDuck
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* A tragic variation occurs in RealLife regarding pets. For some reason, some pet owners believe that it is more humane to switch their cats', ferrets', or dogs' diet to a vegetarian one and even claim that their beloved pet is happier and healthier. Said owners don't seem to realize that [[CriticalResearchFailure cats and ferrets are obligate carnivores and dogs are omnivores that prefer meat and their digestive systems are not suited for a strict diet of veggies]]. Note that this can and does lead to severe health problems for the pets (especially cats and ferrets) if not done correctly. There does happen to be [[http://www.veganpet.co.nz/index.php a company]] that makes vegan pet (both dog and cat) food that is both meatless and supplemented with the missing nutrients, but it's not recommended that the average pet owner try this without strict supervision of an experienced vet. There have actually been cases where Animal Cruelty officers have seized pets forced to go vegetarian by owners who aren't doing it correctly and in fact ''starving'' the animal.
** In fact, it's especially bad with cats (felids) and ferrets since they, along with otters, polar bears, tarsiers, grasshopper mice, aardvarks, and Tasmanian devils are by far the most strict meat-eaters of all terrestrial and semi-aquatic mammals (pinnipeds, sea otters, and toothed whales are even more carnivorous). Not to mention that many cats can't eat gluten (wheat protein) and it can in fact ''kill'' them. While cats do chew on grass and other plants occasionally, they do as a stomach remedy and for a few vitamin supplements, not as a source of calories.
** An inversion occurs with pet iguanas. Inexperienced owners will often make the mistake of assuming iguanas are insectivores like many species of lizard and will try to get them to dine on a diet of crickets and mealworms. While young iguanas may dine on the occasional bug or two, adult iguanas are strict vegetarians.
* Any human who switches to a fully vegan diet, since humans are omnivores by nature. However, this is a lesser example than most of the others, as although no hunter-gatherer society subsisted on a diet of less than 15 percent animal products and we get vitamin B12 from animal-based foods, foods artificially fortified with B12, and B12 vitamin supplements, humans can adapt to almost any diet. A vegetarian diet is much less radical as vegetarians can generally find their protein in the foods vegans scorn.



* While not purely vegetarian, most carnivores in the wild get plant-based nutrients into their diet by eating the stomachs of the herbivores they kill, including the contents.
4th May '16 4:50:14 PM BURGINABC
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* Subverted with Alex the Lion from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''. He switches his diet to avoid eating his friends, but to fish instead of veggies.

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* Subverted with Alex the Lion from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''. He switches his diet to avoid eating his friends, friends or starving to death, but to fish instead of veggies.
4th May '16 2:30:41 PM BURGINABC
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* Examples in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' are officer Clawhauser, who prefers [[DonutMessWithACop donuts]] to meat, and [[WordOfGod Director]] Byron Howard [[https://twitter.com/ByronPHoward/status/689894994820247554 confirmed on Twitter]] that Nick Wilde does not eat meat. If this is the case for the rest of the carnivore characters too is yet to be seen.
** [[NoCartoonFish Fish markets]] and "Bug Burger" restaurants can be seen in some shots. Implying that carnivores get their protein from arthropods and fish.

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* Examples in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' are officer Clawhauser, who prefers plays around with this trope. It's clearly established that the traditional food chain is no longer in place, averting SapientEatSapient in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. [[DonutMessWithACop donuts]] to meat, and [[WordOfGod Director]] Byron Howard [[https://twitter.com/ByronPHoward/status/689894994820247554 confirmed on Twitter]] Officer Clawhauser]], an overweight cheetah, is only ever shown eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood donuts]]. However, it's also been [[AllThereInTheManual confirmed]] that Nick Wilde does not eat meat. If this there is the case for the rest a fast food restaurant called Bug Burger that makes their food out of the carnivore characters too is yet to be seen.
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insects, and several [[NoCartoonFish Fish fish markets]] and "Bug Burger" restaurants can be seen in some shots. Implying an establishing shot of Tundratown during the monorail ride, so it's clear that the carnivores get their still typically eat animal protein from arthropods and fish.as a substantial part of their diet, even though mammalian prey are off limits to the point that eating them would be seen more or less as cannibalism.
23rd Apr '16 11:55:24 AM TVRulezAgain
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* Another subversion would be Chomper from ''TheLandBeforeTime''. When faced with the dilemma of [[CarnivoreConfusion being friends with sentient dinosaurs that are also potential prey]] he decides to switch his diet. Not to veggies, but to insects.

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* Another subversion would be Chomper from ''TheLandBeforeTime''.''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. When faced with the dilemma of [[CarnivoreConfusion being friends with sentient dinosaurs that are also potential prey]] he decides to switch his diet. Not to veggies, but to insects.
21st Apr '16 12:23:02 PM StFan
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* In a famous Korean myth, a tiger and a bear wanted to be human and, in order to do so, they had to eat nothing but garlic and herbs for 40 days. The tiger could not and gave up, while the bear persevered, became a woman, married a semi-divine being, and gave birth to the founder of the first organized Korean state. Note that bears are actually omnivores that can digest vegetable matter while tigers are obligate carnivore that cannot.
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* Godzilla Junior from the Heisei (1984-1995) era of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films is shown to dine on leaves as a baby and toddler, despite the fact that it was established that Godzilla's species is carnivorous.
** Given that he started eating whales and presumably fish as a teenager, it seems like either he grew out of it or the species is actually omnivorous. Still got a mouth full of fangs though...
** [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} Zilla]] is something of an inversion. Marine iguanas are strictly vegetarians dining on seaweed, but Zilla's diet consists mainly of fish.

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* Godzilla Junior from the Heisei (1984-1995) era of ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films is shown to dine on leaves as a baby and toddler, despite the fact that it was established that Godzilla's species is carnivorous.
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carnivorous. Given that he started eating whales and presumably fish as a teenager, it seems like either he grew out of it or the species is actually omnivorous. Still got a mouth full of fangs though...
** [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} Zilla]] * ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'': Zilla is something of an inversion. Marine iguanas are strictly vegetarians dining on seaweed, but Zilla's diet consists mainly of fish.



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* In the 90s Canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' there is a fox named Minute that became vegetarian since start living in the same shack with a hen named Chicken Mama. He switch to eat popcorn, like a friend of theirs, Anatole Bonbon, an alligator.
* In Jim Henson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', Robbie Sinclair, the son of a megalosaurus and an allosaurus, converts to herbivorism in the episode "I Never Ate For My Father". Earl is initially outraged, but learns to accept it. (This is a series where a major character is a carnivorous triceretops, so it seems diet is entirely a matter of choice.)
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* In a famous Korean myth, a tiger and a bear wanted to be human and, in order to do so, they had to eat nothing but garlic and herbs for 40 days. The tiger could not and gave up, while the 90s Canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' there is a fox named Minute that bear persevered, became vegetarian since start living in a woman, married a semi-divine being, and gave birth to the same shack with a hen named Chicken Mama. He switch to eat popcorn, like a friend founder of theirs, Anatole Bonbon, an alligator.
* In Jim Henson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', Robbie Sinclair,
the son of a megalosaurus and an allosaurus, converts to herbivorism in the episode "I Never Ate For My Father". Earl is initially outraged, but learns to accept it. (This is a series where a major character is a carnivorous triceretops, so it seems diet is entirely a first organized Korean state. Note that bears are actually omnivores that can digest vegetable matter of choice.)
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while tigers are obligate carnivore that cannot.



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* In the 90s Canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' there is a fox named Minute that became vegetarian since start living in the same shack with a hen named Chicken Mama. He switch to eat popcorn, like a friend of theirs, Anatole Bonbon, an alligator.
* In Jim Henson's ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'', Robbie Sinclair, the son of a megalosaurus and an allosaurus, converts to herbivorism in the episode "I Never Ate For My Father". Earl is initially outraged, but learns to accept it. (This is a series where a major character is a carnivorous triceretops, so it seems diet is entirely a matter of choice.)
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18th Apr '16 9:54:07 AM DaibhidC
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* Ginger, the cat who co-owns the village shop in ''WesternAnimation/PeterRabbit'' is vegan, although he does like cakes. Presumably the same goes for his canine partner Pickles. (Not the case in [[Literature/TheTaleOfGingerAndPickles the original book]], where they simply think eating customers is bad for business.)
10th Apr '16 9:37:11 PM aye_amber
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* ''Webcomic/RaineDog'' is vegan, apparently DCSimpson likes to insert that into her comics.

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* ''Webcomic/RaineDog'' is vegan, apparently DCSimpson Creator/DCSimpson likes to insert that into her comics.
5th Apr '16 5:22:15 PM K_H
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*** Justified in Nick's case, since [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox#Diet.2C_hunting_and_feeding_behaviour Red Foxes are actually omnivores]].
5th Apr '16 5:20:47 PM K_H
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***Justified in Nick's case, since [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox#Diet.2C_hunting_and_feeding_behaviour Red Foxes are actually omnivores]].
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