Not cute. Yes, gross. But, hey, we shouldn’t discriminate when it comes to the bizarre adaptations of the plant world—not everything can be rabbits munching carrots! In some twisted fashion, I suppose this is the closest we’ll get to justifying the average toddler’s fear of being eaten by the toilet. —MN
Pitcher Plant Symbiosis
The carnivorous plant Nepenthes rajah has developed a mutualistic relationship with mountain treeshrews.
The treeshrews perch themselves on the rim of the trap and eat the nectar produced on the lid. As it feeds, it defecates into the basin.
Pitcher plants get nutrients from digesting trapped insects, and in this case shrew droppings. This is an adaptation to the nutrient poor soils which they grow in.
Chi’en Lee on Wikipedia Commons