where most wolves are obligate carnivores, the maned wolf is an omnivore and tends to eat a large amount of fruit. there is one kind of fruit they particularly favor, solanum lycocarpum or "wolf's apple", which ends up forming over 50% of the wolfs diet
it's also called that because basically nothing else likes to eat this apple, so the maned wolves feel like the reason it sticks around
the maned wolf: the actual incarnation of the vegetable lamb of tartary??? you decide!!
@dogstar I recently had a similar moment when I read somewhere that our crops were basically super successful, having caused humans to plant them all over the place, in huge quantities, eliminating their competition and feeding them copiously, ensuring their survival, and their dominance. An interesting inversion of who is seen as the decision maker in a symbiotic relationship.
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