CHAP. 91.—DIVERSITIES IN THE FEEDING OF ANIMALS.
I am strongly inclined to believe, too, that the sense of taste
exists in all animals; for why else should one seek one kind
of food, and another another? And it is in this more especially
that is to be seen the wondrous power of Nature, the framer of
all things. Some animals seize their prey with their teeth,
others, again, with their claws; some tear it to pieces with their
hooked beak; others, that have a broad bill, wabble in their
food; others, with a sharp nib, work holes into it; others suck
at their food; others, again, lick it, others sup it in, others chew
it, and others bolt it whole. And no less a diversity is there
in the uses they make of their feet, for the purpose of carrying,
tearing asunder, holding, squeezing, suspending1
or incessantly scratching the ground.