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When animals feed primarily on fruits, nectar and leaves a huge hole is left in their diet - they need their minerals! Since taking a calcium supplement is not possible penguins and giraffes chew on bones, salt doesn't come from a shaker so butterflies sip the tears of turtles and macaws ingest important trace elements like iron when they swallow chunks of clay. Why don't you see any carnivores in this gallery? All the vitamins and minerals they need are already in their food.
Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) immature male, kneeling and licking minerals from rocks, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, June  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80179349 Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) immature male, kneeling and licking minerals from rocks, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, June© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) herd licking salt and minerals from steep, rocky slope known as the Walton Goat Lick, Glacier National Park, Montana  -  Sumio Harada
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00236492 Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) herd licking salt and minerals from steep, rocky slope known as the Walton Goat Lick, Glacier National Park, Montana© Sumio Harada
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) licking cement wall for salt , Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00530400 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) licking cement wall for salt , Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar© Suzi Eszterhas
Mantled Colobus (Colobus guereza) young male ingesting soil for its salts and minerals, Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya  -  Fiona Rogers
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00537005 Mantled Colobus (Colobus guereza) young male ingesting soil for its salts and minerals, Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya© Fiona Rogers
Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi) adults, mass 'mud-puddling', drinking minerals from damp ground, Ecrins Alps, France, June
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80193115 Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi) adults, mass 'mud-puddling', drinking minerals from damp ground, Ecrins Alps, France, June© Bob Gibbons
Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana) males at a seep where they feed on salts, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00439668 Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana) males at a seep where they feed on salts, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) nanny and kid licking minerals, Glacier National Park, Montana
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00560820 Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) nanny and kid licking minerals, Glacier National Park, Montana© Sumio Harada
Butterflies sipping salt off sweaty tennis shoes, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790208 Butterflies sipping salt off sweaty tennis shoes, Cerrado Ecosystem, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) adult, feeding, chewing on wildebeest skull, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Malcolm Schuyl/ FLPA
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80067731 Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) adult, feeding, chewing on wildebeest skull, Masai Mara, Kenya© Malcolm Schuyl/ FLPA
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) adult, chewing gemsbok skull, to supplement diet with essential minerals during dry season, Kalahari, South Africa  -  Andrew Forsyth/ FLPA
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80073602 Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) adult, chewing gemsbok skull, to supplement diet with essential minerals during dry season, Kalahari, South Africa© Andrew Forsyth/ FLPA
Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on a bone, Europe  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771251 Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) feeding on a bone, Europe© Stephen Dalton
Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) adult male, licking minerals from rain washed gravel, Marakele National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa  -  Chris & Tilde Stuart/ FLPA
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80096251 Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) adult male, licking minerals from rain washed gravel, Marakele National Park, Limpopo Province, South Africa© Chris & Tilde Stuart / FLPA
Butterflies sipping minerals from riverbank, Rio Negro, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00537288 Butterflies sipping minerals from riverbank, Rio Negro, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Red and Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) group at clay lick, Madre de Dios River, Peru  -  Kevin Schafer
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00420327 Red and Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) group at clay lick, Madre de Dios River, Peru© Kevin Schafer
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) nanny and kids licking minerals, Glacier National Park, Montana
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00560816 Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) nanny and kids licking minerals, Glacier National Park, Montana© Sumio Harada
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) group at mineral lick, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru
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00567899 Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) group at mineral lick, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru© Steve Gettle
Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) adult female, feeding on concrete to get supplement minerals, Northwestern Finland  -  Harri Taavetti/ FLPA
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80074935 Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) adult female, feeding on concrete to get supplement minerals, Northwestern Finland© Harri Taavetti/ FLPA
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) adult, head and neck, chewing vertebra bone to obtain minerals, Namibia  -  Martin Withers/ FLPA
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80085885 Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) adult, head and neck, chewing vertebra bone to obtain minerals, Namibia© Martin B Withers/ FLPA
Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) adult female, close-up of head, feeding on minerals, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, june  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80130542 Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) adult female, close-up of head, feeding on minerals, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, june© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) adult female, close-up of head, feeding on mineral rich clay, Mount Robson, British Columbia, Canada, august  -  Chris & Tilde Stuart/ FLPA
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80136717 Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) adult female, close-up of head, feeding on mineral rich clay, Mount Robson, British Columbia, Canada, august© Chris & Tilde Stuart / FLPA
Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala) flock at mineral lick, Ecuador
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00575905 Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala) flock at mineral lick, Ecuador© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) eating soil for minerals, Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00530368 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) eating soil for minerals, Berenty Private Reserve, Madagascar© Suzi Eszterhas
Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pionopsitta barrabandi) group feeding on clay at lick, Manu National Park, Peru
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00576352 Orange-cheeked Parrot (Pionopsitta barrabandi) group feeding on clay at lick, Manu National Park, Peru© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) herd feeding at mineral lick at side of road, being watched by tourists, Rocky Mountains, North America  -  Sumio Harada
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00236331 Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) herd feeding at mineral lick at side of road, being watched by tourists, Rocky Mountains, North America© Sumio Harada
Swallowtail Butterfly (Graphium sarpedon) feeding on minerals in sand, Gunung Leuser National Park, northern Sumatra, Indonesia  -  Thomas Marent
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00450178 Swallowtail Butterfly (Graphium sarpedon) feeding on minerals in sand, Gunung Leuser National Park, northern Sumatra, Indonesia© Thomas Marent
Tawny Rajah (Charaxes bernardus) butterfly feeding on minerals in sand, Gunung Leuser National Park, northern Sumatra, Indonesia  -  Thomas Marent
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00450181 Tawny Rajah (Charaxes bernardus) butterfly feeding on minerals in sand, Gunung Leuser National Park, northern Sumatra, Indonesia© Thomas Marent
Small Striped Swordtail (Graphium policenes) butterflies sipping minerals on shore, Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania  -  Konrad Wothe
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00481570 Small Striped Swordtail (Graphium policenes) butterflies sipping minerals on shore, Lake Tanganyika, Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania© Konrad Wothe
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) butterfly feeding on minerals, France  -  Michel Geven/ Buiten-beeld
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00531169 Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) butterfly feeding on minerals, France© Michel Geven/ Buiten-beeld
Mantled Colobus (Colobus guereza) juvenile ingesting soil to obtain salts and minerals, Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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00536969 Mantled Colobus (Colobus guereza) juvenile ingesting soil to obtain salts and minerals, Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya© Anup Shah
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd feeding on loose soil for minerals, Masai Mara, Kenya
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00562070 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd feeding on loose soil for minerals, Masai Mara, Kenya© Anup Shah
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) feeding on loose soil for minerals, Masai Mara, Kenya
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00562071 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) feeding on loose soil for minerals, Masai Mara, Kenya© Anup Shah
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) feeding on whale bone for calcium, Port Lockroy, Weincke Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524500 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) feeding on whale bone for calcium, Port Lockroy, Weincke Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Matthias Breiter
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd feeding on loose soil for minerals, Masai Mara, Kenya
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00562081 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) herd feeding on loose soil for minerals, Masai Mara, Kenya© Anup Shah
Moth (Alcidis aruus) pair at mineral lick, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea, Indonesia
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00565892 Moth (Alcidis aruus) pair at mineral lick, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea, Indonesia© Chien Lee
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) and Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa) flock at mineral lick, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru
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00567922 Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao), Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) and Mealy Parrot (Amazona farinosa) flock at mineral lick, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru© Steve Gettle
Red-bellied Macaw (Ara manilata) group feeding on clay lick minerals, Peru  -  Jan Vermeer
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70003218 Red-bellied Macaw (Ara manilata) group feeding on clay lick minerals, Peru© Jan Vermeer
Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) adult male, kneeling and licking minerals from rocks, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, June  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80179339 Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) adult male, kneeling and licking minerals from rocks, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, June© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Citrus Butterfly (Papilio demodocus) drinking minerals and salts from soil, Jozani National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania  -  Thomas Marent
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00544056 Citrus Butterfly (Papilio demodocus) drinking minerals and salts from soil, Jozani National Park, Zanzibar, Tanzania© Thomas Marent
Red and Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) group foraging for minerals at clay lick, Manu National Park, Peru  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00529412 Red and Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) group foraging for minerals at clay lick, Manu National Park, Peru© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa giraffa) male eating bone, Itala Game Reserve, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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00445660 South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa giraffa) male eating bone, Itala Game Reserve, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Statira Sulphur (Aphrissa statira) butterflies pair feeding on minerals in bird droppings, Kabalebo Resort, Suriname  -  Gerrit van Ommering/ Buiten-beel
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00536138 Statira Sulphur (Aphrissa statira) butterflies pair feeding on minerals in bird droppings, Kabalebo Resort, Suriname© Gerrit van Ommering/ Buiten-beeld
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) females and calves eating mineral-laden soil, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344771 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) females and calves eating mineral-laden soil, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) butterflies gathering at salt deposits to drink minerals, southern Texas  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00446777 Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) butterflies gathering at salt deposits to drink minerals, southern Texas© Cyril Ruoso
Pierid Butterfly (Phoebis sp) group on mineral lick, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482300 Pierid Butterfly (Phoebis sp) group on mineral lick, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) feeding on whale bone for calcium, Port Lockroy, Weincke Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524499 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) feeding on whale bone for calcium, Port Lockroy, Weincke Island, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica© Matthias Breiter
Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) sunbathing surrounded by butterflies sipping salts from the turtle's tears, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482345 Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) sunbathing surrounded by butterflies sipping salts from the turtle's tears, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Blue Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) female, named Kipper, licking concrete for its salts and minerals, Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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00538750 Blue Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) female, named Kipper, licking concrete for its salts and minerals, Kakamega Forest Reserve, Kenya© Anup Shah
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) adult female and juvenile, licking salt from road, Montana, U.S.A., October  -  Bill Coster/ FLPA
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80167736 Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) adult female and juvenile, licking salt from road, Montana, U.S.A., October© Bill Coster / FLPA
Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii) group at clay lick, Ecuador  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00528530 Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii) group at clay lick, Ecuador© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ewe licking minerals from rock, Brooks Range, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00340687 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ewe licking minerals from rock, Brooks Range, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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