In this article we’re going to talk about if a vulture can eat a lion
Do vultures actually eat lions?
In short – No they don’t
You see vultures will never eat a live rabbit let alone a lion!
They are scavengers and will only eat dead animals and rotten carcass
Vultures are actually harmless birds
I actually talk about this in my article – Are vultures dangerous?
They don’t hunt for animals, rather they eat carrion as their main diet
Here’s what you’re going to discover in this article
- What animal would eat a lion?
- What animals do vultures eat?
- Do vultures eat lion corpses?
Lots to cover and some really interesting topics
Let’s get started!
So we know vultures don’t eat live animals especially a lion!
I mean they are the king of the jungle!
I am more than 100% sure they wouldn’t even go near a lion let alone eat a lion
So a question you may ask is..
What Animal Would Eat a Lion?
Lions being king of the jungle, it makes you think what animal would hunt a lion and eat it
Do lions have predators?
The answer to this is no they don’t have any predators
They are top of the food chain!
Animals get eaten by lions and not the other way round
So does that mean no animal would eat a lion?
Well not really
No animal would dare to hunt a lion to eat it
But Hyenas are a different story
They wouldn’t eat or hunt a full grown lion
But the old sick lions are sometimes attacked, killed and eaten by hyenas
And the very young lions can get eaten by hyenas, leopards and other predators
This can only happen when they are not carefully looked after by their mothers
In reality, a fully grown lion has nothing to worry about being hunted or eaten by any other animal
So what do vultures eat if they don’t eat lions?
Let’s find out
What Animals Do Vultures Eat?
Well vultures would pretty much eat any animal
But it has to be dead!
They are carnivores so their diet is mainly meat
You see, vultures are scavengers so they would only eat animals that are pretty much dead
They make sure it is dead completely so they would wait a couple of days to make sure it’s not alive at all!
You could say they are opportunists
Because they would never hunt or kill an animal
But they would hunt and attack very sick animals or animals that are pretty much taking their last breath
They have excellent sense to smell dead animals which they could locate from miles away
Question is – Why don’t a vulture eat a live animal?
I mean why won’t they hunt and kill instead of scavenging around for dead carcass
There are plenty of reasons why
Let’s briefly look at why they don’t hunt and kill
- They lack hunting essentials
- Specialists in scavenging
- No hunting motivation
They don’t have the features of a predator that can hunt
What do I mean by this
They have chicken like feet which they only use for walking and sometime hopping
Vultures don’t have the stealth and swiftness like a hawk or an owl
They have large heavy wings and are bulky
So swift and stealth is not their main strength
Vultures don’t have the hunting instincts as other raptors have
Their beak strength is not strong enough to kill a prey
Yes, they can tear away bite sized meat chunks when they are eating dead carcass
But they wouldn’t use to to kill a prey
You can check out my article Do vultures eat live animals where I go into more detail so deffo worth a read!
Do Vultures Eat Lion Corpse?
Yes, vultures would eat a lion corpse
As long as it’s dead a vulture would eat
They wouldn’t dare to hunt or kill a lion
Vultures would eat any dead animal and a lion is no different
A vulture can eat a lion
But only if it’s dead
There would never hunt or kill a lion
No chance at all!
Vultures are scavengers and will only eat dead animals
Sometimes they would kill and hunt very sick small animals or animals that are pretty much nearly dead
But they would much prefer dead carcass as vultures are scavengers
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