You probably know that snails often fall prey to hungry birds, but you might not know that the slithering
mollusk crawling across your driveway might have already been eaten by a bird—and survived.
New research shows that around 15% of snails make it through the bird's digestive system alive. One snail in the study even made it through the bird's waste just before giving birth to a few baby snails.
Interestingly, scientists have speculated that the process may even benefit the snails by helping the
mollusk relocate to a new area with more food and less competition for resources.
[Image courtesy of jwinfred's Flickr stream.]