• Question: can any animal eat a animal by sucking it up

    Asked by wolverine to Zoe on 12 May 2015.
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      Zoe GetmanPickering answered on 12 May 2015:

      Some can, but not all! Vampire bats drink the blood of their victims(usually farm animals).
      Spiders will bite their prey and inject it with venom. The venom liquifies the prey’s insides so the spider can slurp it up like a tasty protein shake.
      Solder bugs and assassin bugs and ambush bugs all have a long proboscis like a straw that they can stick into other insects and suck out their insides.
      Mosquitoes and ticks try to suck out your blood.
      Other predators have chewing mouths like we do to take big bites of their prey. Wolves and humans and lions, and cats and dogs and hawks and preying mantises all chomp up their food instead of sucking.
      Snakes like to suck up mice and frogs and swallow them whole.
      All this talk is making me hungry. Time to go hunt down my prey-the elusive chocolate bar.
      Its kinda hard to suck up chicken nuggets, but you might be able to try.